“Little House on the Prairie” fans are going to love this. Half-Pint, aka Melissa Gilbert, has just come out with a book that is part scrapbook, part cookbook. Called “My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours,” it is a gorgeous book crammed with behind-the-scenes memories of the iconic show along with some delicious homey recipes that Gilbert promises are her own.
The 50-year-old actress, who is married to “Thirtysomething” star Timothy Busfield, and now lives in Michigan, spoke to FOX411 about her big move, and her new project.
FOX411: Tell us about the new cookbook.
Melissa Gilbert: After my autobiography came out I heard from a lot of “Little House on the Prairie” fans saying they wished there had been more anecdotal stories, behind the scenes photos. I couldn’t really focus on that because I was writing about 45 years of my life, not that it wasn’t important but I couldn’t devote an entire book to it. I was approached about doing a scrap book so I raided my mom’s photo albums but it was still just a little thin, there wasn’t quite enough content. We were trying to figure out what to do about it and every time I would talk to the publishers I was cooking and they finally said, ‘Are these your recipes?’ and I said, ‘Of course yeah!’ They said, ‘Would you have any prairie like, homey comfort food?’ And so I went through my files and we narrowed it down to 80, converted my ‘add a pinch there, add a dash there’ into real measurements so there was a lot of testing in my home.
The cauliflower au gratin wasn’t in season, so Melissa Gilbert ordered two of her other favorites Tuesday at a hometown restaurant she and husband Tim Busfield frequent.
“I have everything I could ever need,” she tells the server as her Brussels sprouts and mac and cheese are served.
The Daily Press & Argus sat down Tuesday with Gilbert at Diamonds Steak and Seafood in Howell. It was moments before she would film a segment to air next week on WDIV in which she and executive chef Adam Merkel would prepare “Melissa Gilbert’s Biscuits and Gravy.”