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YA-Motivated by their interests in cooking and history and the search for a plum-pudding recipe like Grandma's, this mother-son team has compiled a cookbook that is rich in Civil War information. Drawn from a 19th-century women's magazine, the recipes were usually submitted by middle-class readers from the rural North and South, and were intended for "common dishes of every day" rather than grand occasions. The authors have added facts about Confederate and Union army rations, customary cooking utensils, and food substitutions frequently used by Southern cooks. Recommended menus, or "bills of fare," for each month, and dates of each recipe's appearance in Godey's are also included. A glossary clarifies terminology rarely used by today's cooks. YAs will be intrigued by this exposure to everyday life during the Civil War. Quaint language ("Thicken some scalding hot milk with a sufficiency of potato flour") enhances the enjoyment of the book, and most recipes can be successfully prepared by modern chefs.-Pamela Cooper-Smuzynski, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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"The recipes themselves become a window into middle-class American culture nearly 150 years ago: what they ate, how they prepared their foods, how much food was prepared, and what kitchen utensils were used."―Arkansas Review

"Presents a picture of domestic life during those difficult years."―Blue Ridge Country

"A valuable work to all readers who are interested in American cooking practices of the past, especially of the era of the Civil War."―Charles P. Roland

"A superb job of filling in the background on cooking term, measurements, techniques, etc., that were commonplace for our ancestors but unknown or baffling today."―Civil War Interactive

"A 'must' for the cookbook collector, and for those who enjoy a good read and good food."―Journal of the West

"Serves up period dishes ranging from the gourmet to army rations."―Publishers Weekly

"Civil War Recipes not only can be put to practical use, but it's also fun to read and chuckle over."―The (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (February 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813120829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813120829
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With its well-written introduction, this marvelous book is a great way to read about one aspect of life during the American Civil War.
These recipes are taken verbatim from a magazine that was fairly widely read by the ladies of the North and South. They are all dated with the year they were published, in some cases more than once. There's a glossary and notes to help you read the somewhat antique language. There's also a wonderful reference list, with lots of titles for the Civil War historian to look for.
I wanted this book because I love being in the kitchen. I also wanted to improve my knowledge of history, as seen through the eyes of the wives, mothers and daughters. As a genealogist, this book enhances what little I know about my female Civil War ancestors. As an added bonus, many of these recipes sound recreateable in the modern kitchen! This is a great read, even if you're not a cook.
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Interesting history on the diets of the Civil War soldiers as well as authentic recipes from the home front. Many are the basis of our recipes today. I had a lot of fun trying some of them and they were delicious. The historical section at the beginning was well researched and very interesting reading.
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I love this book. I am a Civil War re-enactor and have bought several cookbooks from the era, but this one is the easiest to use. It contains recipes that were printed in Godey with explanations of 'iffy' terms. Most of the cookbooks from the time period are interesting but impossible to use because the ingredients and techniques are unidentifiable.
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Many recipes that were included in this book were interesting. Some you could still follow today to make old time recipes that are over a hundred years old. Some of the recipes were odd or unappealing for today's American palette, but were still interesting. I used this on a project covering the food of civil war soldiers for my HIST 1101 class. Full of useful recipes.
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I have an interest in civil war history since my grandfather fought in the civil war (union side). This book was well researched and well written. It adds a new perspective to the times.
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By Ashley N on January 6, 2009
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I love this cookbook. I have been reenacting for 4 seasons and I never cook without checking the recipes in this book. And the pea soup recipe is truly AMAZING...or at least thats what I've been told. I hate pea soup.
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This is a wonderful book full of good information and recipes. My civil war reenacting group has already picked out some of the recipes to try.
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Enjoying this book immensely! My hubs is a chef, US Army Ret., & an American History Buff of the first stripe, and through him I have become one- and this book adds to my Civil War knowledge, from a new and different perspective.
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