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Housekeeping in Old Virginia Paperback – February 26, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not your typical cookbook, it should be considered a piece of history. From Nun's Puffs to preparing Souse Cheese, ingredients are more often than not measured in pounds, quarts and pinches then cups and teaspoons. One can only wonder what the taste buds of the people were like then. Sheep's Tongue, Beef Heart, and Brown Calf Head's Soup....you'll find proof why people did not live as long as they do now.
I own several cookbooks from this era but this book had the most dessert recipes then any of the others. Vegetables are canned or cooked; I did not see anything that was used fresh such as in salads. Pickling to store for the long-term was very important. Fruits were often made into jams or jellies. You'll even find recipes for making ice cream and frozen custards. Whether you a history buff or enjoy collecting old cookbooks, you will enjoy this piece of nostalgia.
It even tells you how to roast coffee and how to blend tea.
Not to mention the "beaten bisquits".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like reading this book for its historical information and because so many old Virginia housekeepers contributed to it. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by A. Roberts