Honey Hill Books Logo Honey Hill Books is a book publishing company located in Sidney, Iowa. Honey Hill Books has published and/or marketed a variety of Evelyn Birkby's books, including Witching for William, Up a Country Lane Cookbook, and Neighboring on the Air.

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Books by Evelyn
Always Put in a Recipe

Always Put in a Recipe and Other Tips for Living from Iowa's Best-Known Homemaker
"Always Put in a Recipe and Other Tips for Living from Iowa's Best-Known Homemaker" is optimistic even in the wake of sorrow, generous-spirited but not smug, humorous but not folksy, wise but not preachy, Evelyn welcomes the adventures and connections that each new day brings, and she masterfully shares them with her readers.


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Witching for William

Witching for William
In Witching for William, Evelyn Corrie Birkby unravels the fascinating story of William Corrie, her great-great-grandfather. In 1822 William emigrated with his wife and ten children from Scotland to America, eventually settling in Lawrence County, Illinois. The reasons William left Scotland and sailed west to America, the challenges he and his large family endured, and the pleasures they enjoyed were both unique and representative of the experiences of many other immigrant families of the 1800s.

Witching for William shares the treasures unearthed in the author's search, including vintage photographs from the ancestral Scottish manor house to the simple farmhouse in Illinois. Each chapter includes original family recipes for favorite Corrie dishes, such as Scripps' Sisters Sugar Cookies and Nancy Corrie's Beef Stew. Also included are genealogy tips that the author has gleaned during her own research—tips that can help others pursuing their own ancestors' stories.
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Up a Country Lane Cookbook

Up a Country Lane Cookbook
Up A Country Lane is the name given to Evelyn's long-running newspaper column. When she started putting a book by the same name together she expected it to be a series of her columns. But it did not work out as expected. After reworking the book several times, the finished manuscript became the story of life on a small Iowa farm in the 40s and 50s; a story of a way of life now all but gone. Evelyn tells how the Birkby family farmed, grew a garden, shared life in the community, and began their family. She added recipes, now an integral part of her writings, The University of Iowa Press published Up a Country Lane Cookbook and it became one of their best selling books. Reviews
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Neighboring on the Air

Neighboring on the Air -
Cooking with the KMA Radio Homemakers

When the University of Iowa Press discovered the story of the radio homemakers they approached Evelyn and asked her if she would update the book, and add more stories, pictures and recipes. They published a new book, Neighboring on the Air Cookbook. It became one of the University of Iowa Press' best sellers. Reviews
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Alone through England and Scotland

Alone through England and Scotland -
Adventure After Sixty

Adventure After Sixty started as newspaper columns. Publisher of the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel, Louise Tinley, wrote in the Foreword, "When I started reading (Evelyn's ) columns about her trip to England and Scotland, I was so impressed I encouraged her to put the stories together and have them published as a book." A number of the stories from this book have now found their way into Witching for William since the trips Evelyn took to Britain included finding relatives and researching the places where Corries from the past had lived. [No longer in print]

Our Corrie Family Records

Our Corrie Family Records
It was natural for Evelyn to follow her interest in family history into the genealogy world. She learned the ups and down of research, how to identify and number relatives and found her best helper was the computer. In time for the Corrie family reunion, she published her findings in a book she called simply, The Corrie Family Records. This book became a valuable resource for Witching for William.

A free updated version of this book is available on the following website: http://timsherri.dynalias.net/corrie.htm

Our Birkby Family Heritage

Our Birkby Family Heritage
Not one to neglect her husband Robert's family, Evelyn researched the Birkby family and put together her second genealogy book. Our Birkby Family Heritage. It came off the press just in time for a big Birkby family reunion on the southwest Iowa farm settled by Robert's great grandfather and still owned by a cousin, Jerry Birkby. [No longer in print]

Cooking With KMA

Cooking With KMA - 60 Years of Radio Homemakers
Evelyn had been a radio homemaker starting in 1950, so she personally was acquainted with the women broadcasters, several going back to the beginning of radio in the Midwest. She felt that these pioneers of early radio were too important to be forgotten so her next book was Cooking with the KMA Radio Homemakers. It included the story of their lives, pictures of events and their favorite recipes. As she had done before, Evelyn saw this book through the layout and printing process and the marketing as well. [No longer in print]

Festival Cookie Book

Festival Cookie Book
In 1983, Evelyn was asked by radio station KMA to develop a Book Department for the station. Her first project was to take the garbage bags filled with recipes from the station's annual Cookie Festivals and make them into a cook book. Since every person who came to those cookie teas was asked to bring a plate of cookies and the recipe that meant she had hundreds of good recipes from which to choose. The result was The Festival Cookie Book. It was an instant success. [No longer in print]

Come Again Cookie Book

Come Again Cookie Book
The first cookie book sold so well, and as more festivals were held and more recipes were acquired, KMA decided if one book was good than "come again" and get another. Thus The Come Again Cookie Book was born. Now Evelyn was experienced in the entire process of choosing the recipes, doing the layout of the pages, finding clever little pictures to include, shepherding it through the printing process, and marketing the book. Like the first cookie book, this one quickly became a best seller. [No longer in print]

History of the Sidney, Iowa United Methodist Church

History of the Sidney, Iowa United Methodist Church
Most churches have interesting histories and the Sidney United Methodist church is no exception. When it had its 150th anniversary, it fell to Evelyn to put together its fascinating history. She wrote a book that can be helpful for any church that wishes to put together a similar record, for it includes the early circuit riders, how the local parish evolved, up through the life stories of the ministers who have served the congregation, including Evelyn's father, the Rev. Carl M. Corrie. [No longer in print]

 

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