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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
This is a great book for civil war reenactors who are interested in learning how to prepare period meals.Published 28 days ago by Chamberlain
Overall I would say 3 1/2 stars. Since the recipes are from that era they are heavy on
eggs and fat. However, it was interesting reading and I enjoyed that part.
Unusual and great old recipes, a few have been tried so far and accepted well at the family dinner tablePublished 6 months ago by William Muller
I do Civil War living history, and I'm always looking for ways to improve my presentations. Since I portray a woman of the period, these recipes will add more to my presentation.Published 10 months ago by V. Eicke
Was hoping for a bit more history. Was true to receipts of the time however.Published on June 7, 2009 by L. Miller