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Spirit of the Harvest: North American Indian Cooking Hardcover – September 1, 1991

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This handsome volume provides an impressive record of the tribal cooking of the North American Indians. The recipes, organized by region, have been adapted for contemporary kitchens but are as authentic as possible, emphasizing native ingredients over those introduced by the Europeans. The dishes themselves are generally simple, but varied and even exotic--Smoked Salmon Soup, Maple-Basted Broiled Bluefish, Cranberry Fritters. Cox's recipe headnotes are eminently readable mini-histories, filled with information on the various tribes, their histories, and their customs. Jacobs's color photographs of the food feature Indian artifacts, and the page borders and line drawings scattered throughout reproduce tribal motifs and designs. One of the few recent books on the subject, this is a unique work; highly recommended.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Beverly Cox is the author of several award-winning cookbooks, including Eating Cuban. She lives on her family’s homestead in Colorado.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang; 2nd Edition edition (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556701861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556701863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The explanations of the ceremonies when certain dishes were prepared and eaten gave insights into how Native Americans lived and celebrated life. I was surprised how much history was involved in the dishes I grew up eating and had assumed were of early American or European origin. History books never mention that our early indigenous people were gourmands.
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This is a "must have" cookbook if you'd like to prepare authentic Native American food. The ingredients are easy to find in any well stocked grocery store, and the recipes are not difficult. No "weird" ethnic foods here- just good meals made with what's available. The historical background for the foods of different tribes is an interesting read. The photographs and drawings are absolutely beautiful- those alone are good reasons to purchase this book!
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By A Customer on August 1, 1999
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The photography is unbelievable and the recipes work! The book gives us a palatable way to enjoy the true native american way of cooking. I would highly reccomend this book to everyone that loves to experience the enjoyment of cooking new recepies and the even greater enjoyment of eating what they have re-created. A great book for all ages and ethnic backrounds. Good food and lots of it!
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Great recipes...I orignally bought a copy of this book in 1994 and have tried virtually every recipe in the book. I subsequently purchased a copy in 2006 as a gift for a family member. I asked my family to consider a new tradition in 2006; replacing the standard Christmas dinner with a "Native Harvest" the outcome was brilliant. Consequently my entire family agreed to embrace this concept and pass it along to the children. We found inspiration in the recipes from this truly amazing cook book and an opportunity to honor our ancesters and Native American culture as a whole.
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This is such a well-done book on so many levels. From the recipes and the ancillary information to the fine photography. The recipes are great. I own a number of books on Native American cooking and while the others are good in their own right, they just pale in comparison to the scope and the craft present in this one. If you are going to buy one book on Native American cooking, be sure it is this one. Very, very well done.
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I loved the book - WELL worth the cost - well-researched, and a BEAUTY to just look at. But I wish it had been written by an actual 1st Nations person - who had grown up with these recipes ... rather than by a person of European descent who has "interpreted" these recipes. For instance - the book's Corn Chowder recipe has ground meat in it . . . and NONE of the Corn Chowder recipes I have learned to make - whether they are from the East - the South - or here, on the Canadian West Coast - have ground meat in them. Traditionally - Corn Chowder "might" have TWO of the "three sisters" in them (the corn and squash) - and they might also have onions, celery, potatoes and cayenne. But the ground meat added to THIS recipe was a surprise - as Corn Chowder is traditionally a vegetarian dish. Also - the book says that it is about "North American" Indian cooking - but considering that Canada is the LARGEST of the two countries on the continent - it's a shame that the Canadian Indian nations & tribes are not represented. But, as noted - the book IS gorgeous, and I most certainly will be getting a lot of use out of it. It was WELL worth the price - and I am happy to have it.
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"Spirit of the Harvest" is a beautifully written and photographed book by Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs. The book was purchased, along with several others, in order to prepare for a Native American Indian program. Each book had something different to offer within the various tribes. However, "Spirit of the Harvest" was by far the most resourceful book. It includes a map of the United States showing where the various tribes were located and the foods that were harvested in those areas. Chapters include: "Native American Foods", "The Southeastern Coast and Woodlands", The Northeastern Coast and Woodlands", "The Great Plains", "The Southwest", and "The West". Each chapter begins with a short history of the various tribes in each region followed by authentic recipes. The refreshments during the program included "Algonguian Maple Popcorn Balls" and the Pueblo Indians "Feast Day Cookies" . They were quite good. There are recipes for soups, stews, vegetables, game, breads, and sweets. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Native American Cooking.
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By Deblyn on October 13, 2015
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This is an amazing cookbook! I didn't realize when I bought it it covered the entire US and provided the difference in Native American cooking styles based on geographical location. Highly recommend it !
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