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Dining with the Washingtons: Historic Recipes, Entertaining, and Hospitality from Mount Vernon Hardcover – November 21, 2011
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A handsome new cookbook.--Damon Lee Fowler, Savannah Morning News
Not merely a cookbook, but culinary and social history.--Library Journal
[A] beautifully illustrated and meticulously documented book, which presents new insights into the daily lives and culinary tastes of the era.--Tallahassee Democrat
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
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
One of the best historic cookbooks we've seen in years.--LA Weekly
An opportunity to literally taste what life was like at Mount Vernon during the time of George and Martha Washington.--Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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.--Rocky Mount Telegram
A very accessible book that will engage anyone who loves both food and history.--Epicurious
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
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Used it in my course on the History of Colonial food.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting to read about Jefferson's gardens and the way of life in his time. Good recipes.Published 4 months ago by CJ
Excellent book with great recipes. I love Mt. Vernon and when we visited I did not purchase the book because of its size and weight. I later regretted and wanted it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cacopeco
A wonderful book with great information and recipes - two things for the price of onePublished 13 months ago by Al Harrington
Most of the book is history, pictures. Only one of the recipes -- a cake of some kind --is actually one of Mrs. Washington's.Published 14 months ago by Penelope M
Spectacular!! I have most of the Mt. Vernon books. They are a wonderful reference as we restore on our
18th century plantation and have our own events. Thank you Mt. Read more
Bought this for a friend who is a Washington afficianado and fan, so I didn't read it, but flipped through some recipes and it looked pretty cool.Published on June 14, 2013 by Mr Private