Recipes From America's Restored Villages by Jean Anderson - 1975 Book Club Edition
Featured in the pages that follow are forty-four of America's restored and recreated villages where food, cooking and antique cooking equipment play more or less important roles... (from the Introduction)
Published in 1975, Recipes From America's Restored Villages is a fascinating look at the culinary menus appetites and kitchen arrangements of over 40 historic villages across the country. Written by editor, writer and nutritionist, Jean Anderson, this cookbook not only shares traditional, authentic recipes made by our our country's early ancestors, but she also details the interesting history of each village featured. Determined not to make this a boring, nor inaccurate history book, she sets out to dispel popular myths about each settlement by painting a more human story that is highly relateable.
The recipes in this cookbook are not what we would consider "Early American" fare but instead actual recipes of the pioneers who settled the country and lived off of garden-grown food, simple ingredients and local wildlife. Although ingredients have been slightly modified for reproduction in the modern kitchen, Jean wanted to stay as close to the authentic recipes as possible so most recipes contain just a handful of commonly found ingredients. As for preparation and cooking techniques - all recipes have been adjusted to accommodate modern ovens and stove tops - so there's no hearth cooking or open-fire treatments. Also peppered throughout are fun facts, legends, anecdotes and highlights sourced from historic cookbooks, gardening manuals and historical information found at each restored village.
Because this cookbook details historic places across the U.S., it is also interesting to see how different regions approached food based on their geographical location and their cultural influences from around the world. A wonderful book for lovers of history, old houses, cooking and travel, this unique book contains so many fascinating stories it's a feast for both your brain and your belly.
- Contains 356 pages
- Includes more than 150 recipes from 44 historic and/or restored villages around the U.S
- Illustrated through out with line drawings by Martin Silverman
- Interesting recipes include: Old-Fashioned Sour Cream White Cookies, Peanut Butter Pie, Sassafras Tea, Pueblo Sage Bread, Un Caldo Gallegos Bueno, Salem Tavern Sauerbraten, Syllabub, Steamed Brown Sugar Chocolate Pudding with Foamy Egg Sauce, Gooseberry Fool, Chicken Pie with Rose Water, Currants, Prunes and Raisins, Parsnips Stewed in Dark Beer...really there are so many interesting ones in here, we could go on and on!
In gorgeous practically-brand new condition. Contains original book club dust jacket. Interior is clean and bright with no marks or cooking stains. Spine is tight and all pages are intact.
Measures 5.75" inches (width) x 8.5" inches (length) x 1" inch (thickness)
Combine this cookbook with some antique serving pieces and you'll be setting the scene for a truly historic and interesting meal!