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Dining with the Washingtons: Historic Recipes, Entertaining, and Hospitality from Mount Vernon Hardcover – November 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807835269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835265
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delightful coffee-table book for anyone interested in eating, gardening, or George and Martha Washington."--Journal of Southern History


"An appealing and intimate glimpse into the lives of George and Martha Washington and of the foods and flavors of 18th century America."--The Baton Rouge Advocate


"The genius--and the bite--of this book lies in the dramatic contrast between the oft-told lives of the president, his family and his famous guests with those of the unsung slaves who toiled long to produce the hospitality for which Washington was famous."--The Republic


"A very accessible book that will engage anyone who loves both food and history."--Epicurious


"An opportunity to literally taste what life was like at Mount Vernon during the time of George and Martha Washington."--Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


"A handsome new cookbook."--Damon Lee Fowler, Savannah Morning News


"[A] beautifully illustrated and meticulously documented book, which presents new insights into the daily lives and culinary tastes of the era."--Tallahassee Democrat


"One of the best historic cookbooks we've seen in years."--LA Weekly


"Serving up a fascinating collection of expert essays and recipes that capture the flavors of early America, Dining with the Washingtons is a beautifully bound, lavishly illustrated work that should appeal to history buffs and cooks alike."--Roc

"This handsomely illustrated volume won't fail to please. With plenty of historical detail about the life of the Washingtons and numerous recipes from the period, it will be equally at home in the kitchen or on the coffee table."--Library Journal
"Not merely a cookbook, but culinary and social history."--Library Journal

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"Dining with the Washingtons is a lushly illustrated and well-researched compendium of historical essays and recipes--just the sort of definitive work I expect from the safe-keepers of Mount Vernon. What I didn't expect, as I turned the pages, was that these images and words would accrue to yield such an intimate portrait of 18th century life. Herein I learned that George Washington preferred breakfasts of Indian hoecakes smeared with butter and honey, and that Martha Washington loved artichokes to distraction. By telling stories about how and what the Washington family cooked, and how they entertained, Stephen McLeod and his colleagues have sketched a compelling portrait of nascent American culinary identity."--John T. Edge, editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 7: Foodways

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Krystyna C Polacek on March 24, 2012
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History, and how it's taught, can be a tricky thing. Sometimes you get the facts, but the real people who lived in those times seem either totally absent, or come across as rather bland and bloodless. This book inflates these flat Colonials back into the three dimensional, passionate human beings that they must have been. I mean, they overthrew an unbeaten superpower! There had to have been some substance underneath all that reverence that their legacies are handles with.

An invitation to dine with the Washington's was the hottest ticket one could hope for. The table was legendary. I expected blander fare and perhaps not as much variety. As I went through the recipes, I found myself getting more and more interested. They ate what they grew. They imported only what was necessary. Hey, this looks yummy!

And, George himself was very fond of Cherry Bounce. What else do you do with all those sour cherries on your property? This wonderful liqueur has been a steady guest in my own home at Christmas! I discovered it while up in Door County, Wisconsin for a holiday. When I bought sour cherries, there were recipes included that were not pie!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves it when history comes to life. The anecdotes alone are worth the purchase. The pictures are exceptionally beautiful. I invite you to step into the Washington's world. It might even feel like a little holiday!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peg on November 29, 2011
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If you're looking for a holiday gift for one who is a devotee of social history, food history and some good basic recipes; this is it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Crook on December 2, 2011
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This book is perfect in so many ways! Beautiful photography, interesting historical facts and lovely recipes. It would make a great gift for a variety of people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on January 28, 2014
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We live near Mt. Vernon and I purchased this book for my Californian foodie/chef sister and brother in law for Christmas. It's got some really beautiful pictures as well as a number of intriguing recipes utilizing regional and seasonal ingredients that people ought to reacquaint themselves with. I love seeing the original recipes next to the adapted versions. It's a great gift for a history buff and food lover. I actually want to buy a copy for myself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James S. Brown, Jr. on January 15, 2013
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A nice balance between fascinating historical research and the practicality of the recipe section. My wife and I got it as a present, but almost immediately bought copies for our three best friends, hoping to have some dinners where all four couples bring a dish while intelligently (much more intelligently than we could have before) discussing the Washingtons and their times. Highest marks.
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