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Dining with the Washingtons: Historic Recipes, Entertaining, and Hospitality from Mount Vernon Hardcover – November 21, 2011
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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
An opportunity to literally taste what life was like at Mount Vernon during the time of George and Martha Washington.--Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
A delightful coffee-table book for anyone interested in eating, gardening, or George and Martha Washington.--Journal of Southern History
[A] beautifully illustrated and meticulously documented book, which presents new insights into the daily lives and culinary tastes of the era.--Tallahassee Democrat
A handsome new cookbook.--Damon Lee Fowler, Savannah Morning News
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
Not merely a cookbook, but culinary and social history.--Library Journal
A very accessible book that will engage anyone who loves both food and history.--Epicurious
One of the best historic cookbooks we've seen in years.--LA Weekly
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
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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.
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This is more than just a cookbook. It's a history book as well. Filled with great recipes and historic facts. Gorgeous pictures.Published 25 days ago by Barbara J. Selletti
I've seen this book before and ordered it as a gift - I know she will love it!Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Very interesting to read about Jefferson's gardens and the way of life in his time. Good recipes.Published 6 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 6 months ago by cacopeco
A wonderful book with great information and recipes - two things for the price of onePublished 15 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 16 months ago by Penelope M