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Lincoln's Table Hardcover – January 1, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Guild Press of Indiana (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578600898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578600892
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda McAlister on February 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Like the other reviewers, I really enjoy the historical anecdotes, photos, and menus in this book (which I bought brand new from the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield for $26.99. $85? Get real!). I enjoyed the range of recipes and their geographical arrangement. However, it is a very difficult cookbook to use for cooking. Too many details and instructions are left out, such as how many servings a recipe will make, what size pan to use, whether to cool the crust before putting in the filling; whether beating for 20 minutes means by hand (as in the original recipe) or by mixer: the kind of thing you would get with a "kitchen tested" recipe. I consider myself a fairly experienced cook and could make some educated guesses, but wasn't so successful with unfamiliar foods where I had no idea how they were supposed to come out, so I had some major disasters (half of the "Chocolate Pie" filling ended up on the bottom of my oven). Some of the recipes just obviously were missing information. I collect cookbooks and am very pleased to have this one in my collection. But if you are just looking for 19th Century Recipes, I would suggest you look elsewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl on March 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The book is bursting with an array of a myriad of 'President Abrahamand Mary Todd Lincoln's' lifefrom their childhood to the time they got married,recipes thatgives the reader a delightfulinsight to what prompted the"Lincoln's tastes.It tells us whatfoods were 'Lincoln's favories',as a young boy,to adulthood.Ancedotes that tell us about thecooking ingredients that were popular in the different timeframes of their lives.It is abook of great intensity of notonly the foods that the 'Lincolns'enjoyed when they were married, also, a marriage of superbspices,blended with each recipeof historical facts(i.e.....what foods were popular duringthe 'antebellum' period,and the'Civil War.' Abrahan's favoritecomfort foods that he had whenthe 'Civil War' was raging,andMary's love of the culinary arts.It's book full of lovely remmbrances of the "Lincoln'senduring love for each other,and you feel like you're havingdinner right there with them.The author did an excellent merging of food with Americanhistory.A book you'll want to own,and pass it on to your grandchildren. Kudos to theauthor, 'Donna D.McCreary'for a book that should be ineverybody's library to betreasured.A "best-seller' that should beon the lists of 'books' to be read for decades.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. LaBuda on March 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The author has done a wonderful job of collecting an array of recipes of food that Lincoln enjoyed from his boyhood through his presidency. The recipes are easy, fun, and are good old fashioned home cooking!A very charming part of the book is how the author has added little anecdotes, background info and tips about certain ingredients. Quite a bit of history thrown in too as we see the menu for Lincoln's sister Sarah's wedding, and menus from an inaugural luncheon and a White House ball. The book also serves as a mini biography of Lincoln as we see him go from a boy in Kentucky to a laywer, husband and father in Springfield IL, to being President of the United States and alot thrown in between! We see the private side of Lincoln and the love he had for his family, and the meals they enjoyed. This book is a must for any Lincoln buff, and even if you're not, it is a great addition to any cookbook collection. For a good old fashioned taste in the midst of this fast paced processed world-give this book a try!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cookie on April 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift. I have enjoyed cookbooks for a long time, and this one more than most. It is fun just to read, as well as to experiment with recipes, which I enjoy (I personally haven't had a problem with lack of directions, they all have modern measurments, which is essential). There are things in here that you won't find anyplace else! It makes a great gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl on March 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book,I becamemore aware of how the 'CivilWar"families,were separated bypolitics that were never resolved.And the recipes found in this bookare treasures,that can still be used today.It is fascinating reading,a book you definitely won'tbe able to put down,until you'veread the last page.It's so absorbing,so historical,and thephotos bring the "Lincolns' alivefrom the past to present time.The author has displayed warmth,of a family's love,and couragebeyond imaigination. Donna McCrearyis truly giving the reader far morethen the culinary arts,she isshowing how a family under thedirest circumstances,emergesfrom the War' with grace,and dignity."Lincoln's Table' is alsothe greatest love story,I have everread,a test of vicissitudes thatbrings hope for others to endurein their marriages.This book is a cookbook,a'How-to-"keep a family together',and most of all,a masterpiece of all times!!
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