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



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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Combining vivid photography with engaging essays, "Dining with the Washingtons" explores the menus, diet, and styles of entertaining that characterized the beloved home of the nation's principal founding father. This book is ideal for veteran and novice cooks alike as well as for those wishing to learn about both formal and everyday dining at Mount Vernon. Features include more than 90 historic recipes adapted for today's kitchens and 230 color illustrations.
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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 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I have never owned a coffee table style book that I actually bothered to read before this. I found this book, though, mesmerizing. It presents another side to the life of George Washington -- and Martha -- that I had never considered. Now I want to visit Mount Vernon.
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This book was a sheer joy to read! The pictures are beautifully done and the cross referencing makes it so easy to keep track of all the important details. The recipes fit right into today's kitchen, being easy to use and delicious.
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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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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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Excellent reference book for period foodies. Great pictures of table settings and good descriptions of period food that the wealthy would have eaten
Used it in my course on the History of Colonial food.
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This is a gorgeous book, beautifully assembled, full of interesting information about the first family. Even though dining is central the recipes are given enough but not overwhelming space, for which I was most appreciative. The book is really about the art of dining and how the Washingtons entertained all who stopped there and kept in touch with the American people.
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