The Civil War Cookbook
Every Civil War buff will want to own this unique cookbook, which takes the reader right into the kitchens of 19th-century America. Illustrated with wonderful period photographs, it intertwines history and food for a fascinating new look at the lives of Civil War soldiers and their families. Traditional recipes, illustrated with full-color photographs and highlighted with historical anecdotes, include instructions for recreating treats sent in care packages to soldiers in the field, camp dishes, and special meals.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A wanna-be coffee-table book. Half of the book (all of the right-hand pages) is pretty pictures of food and/or ingredients. The other half has pictures, recipes, and captions. I thought the book would contain actual Civil War recipes, and maybe it does, but I have my suspicions: some of the recipes are described as "updated" (in what ways is left unsaid), and the author seems to use words like "original," "traditional," and "authentic" with enough care for me to view them as weasel-words in respect to the recipes' actual-Civil-War-ness. Apparently the book was published with the idea that one can prepare the included recipes for oneself; however, some recipes lack quantities for certain ingredients, or omit certain instructions. And whereas the photograph sources are credited, the recipe sources are not. In each page's general comments on Civil War military food, the author states some very suspect things as fact (e.g., that dysentery among soldiers had to do with the greasiness of their food, or that saltpeter is rock-salt). The proportion of things I found suspicious on their face is high, and I'm just a dilettante. The comments on Civil War military cookery are repetitive. One could wish for more careful copyediting. Using "a piece of butter the size of an egg" to indicate 4 Tbsp of butter in the ingredient list was cute the first time and tiresome the other six. There are other, less consistently employed historical cutseyisms. It gets two stars because I learned two things from it: what paste has to do with pastry, and why beaten biscuits are called that.
Review: The Civil War CookbookUser Review - Goodreads
This cookbook was full of tidbits about the Civil War as it pertains to food and full of pictures. I loved it. I even found a few recipes to try.
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No preview available - 2001