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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807854158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807854150
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love this book! The great-granddaughter of Robert E. Lee, Anne Carter Zimmer has taken a faded little notebook full of Lee family chat and recipes, added months of research, and dished up an insider's glimpse of the great Confederate general 'at home."' - Jean Anderson, author of The American Century Cookbook

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"Charming. . . . [Zimmer] provides details on almost every aspect of culinary arts of the last century. . . . [A] delightful book for anyone who wants to know about day-to-day life in the mid-1800s. It is exquisitely done."--Civil War Courier

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Mix together some spicy ingredients of Southern history, add "receipts" (aka recipes) for food, plus personal memoir, and a fascinating book is ready for you to devour or to send to friends as a gift.
What a marvelous, brilliant weaving together of the family history of the Robert E. Lee family, along with insider Civil War history, social history, food history, family characters and so on, have been put together by Anne Carter Zimmer, who gives us recipes one longs to try. I definitely want to attempt the Charlotte Russe and certainly the Sally Lunn. (Wish I had the courage for the oyster dish where, halfway throughout, you throw out one batch of oysters and add a fresh batch.) When I read the book's first line, "We didn't make much of ancestors when I was growing up," (this from the great-grandaughter of Robert E. Lee), I knew I was in touch with an authentic voice and that I would love this book. And love it I did.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"THE ROBERT E. LEE FAMILY COOKING AND HOUSEKEEPING BOOK" is by Ann Carter Zimmer, Mrs. Lee's great-grand-daughter. It is a delicious read, and exactly what it says it is. First you get to know the family, the Washington - Lee connection. Robert E. Lee married Mary Custis, the daughter of George Washington's stepson. The branches of Mount Vernon and Arlington are closely entwined. Robert's father, "Light Horse" Harry Lee, was a hero of the revolution and a good friend of Washington, but died a debtor. "Robert inherited his military talent, but little else. Mary Custis was raised with more indulgence than her husband and in more comfort than Fort Monroe, offered the newlyweds, living in two rooms with dirt floors." Nevertheless the marriage endured and enfolded an ever growing family. Then the Civil War engulfed them all. After the family comes the cooking. Here's a sampling: "The Receipts" Creamed Terrapin. "Terrapin, the common marsh turtle, was so plentiful that slaves rebelled against being given so many to eat. When I grew up, the name described a land, or box turtle, that was served at least once during the meat rationing of World War II. When my mother asked where (our hostess) had found the main ingredient of her delicious lunch, Madame answered sweetly, `under the kitchen steps, my dear.' "(Substituting chicken for terrapin). Cut up a cold, chicken (roasted or boiled) into very small pieces, being careful to take off the skin, put into a skillet with a wine glass of cream, a good sized piece of butter rolled in flour & season to taste with cayenne pepper, a little mace & salt. Have ready 3 hard boiled eggs cut into small pieces & a wine glass of flavorful sherry or Madeira.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michele T. Woodward on July 9, 2001
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This book is a great one for providing us a glimpse into life over 100 years ago. It is hard to imagine what a woman had to do back then to create the genteel life. Every household had to be self-sufficient, as this remarkable volume shows, making its own foodstuff, soap and cleansers. I loved this book and have shared it with good friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alix K. on September 8, 2005
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I'm seventh cousin to U.S. Grant but have always had tremendous respect for, and interest in, the family of General Robert E. Lee. Altho we know that General Lee was a man of impecable morals and a champion of valor and honor, less has been known of his immediate family. Anne Carter Zimmer's book gives us a window in time into the life of the family of her great grandparents and a look at 19th century housekeeping. I grew up in Ohio before moving South and some of Mary Lee's household hints were utilized by my grandmother and mother. This is a fantastic book, warm, humorous, informative and with photos and shetches enough to make one sense that they might have felt at home in the Lee household.

Please, Anne, let us hear from you in the future. I'd very much like to know more about your singular family!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who is interested in knowing more about the personal side of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the people who stood behind him and allowed him to become great (his family) will enjoy this insight into their everyday lives and the heritage the author (Lee's great-granddaughter) has had to live up to throughout her life.
I would strongly recommend this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1998
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This book provides an interesting look at the Lees, past and present. Many family tidbits are interwoven with some really tasty "receipts." Here is a great gift for anyone interested in the Lee family, or life during the 1800's.
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