Colonial Virginia's cooking dynasty /
Katharine E. Harbury.
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2004.
xviii, 479 p.
157003513X (cloth : alk. paper)
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Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2004.
157003513X (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-10-01:
The major purpose of this book is to publish two manuscript collections of recipes transcribed by upper-class women living on Virginia slave plantations during the first half of the 18th century. Harbury makes no claim for the recipes' uniqueness, but rather she attempts to put them in context. That context includes both near-contemporary English cookbooks and later Virginia ones, and the social context of England and Virginia. Unfortunately, this material is not handled well; even ignoring the fragmentary structure of the introduction, it is still the weakest part of the book. To provide an English social context, the author relied heavily on Samuel Pepys's diaries, but not his printed letters, which would have extended the time frame closer to the date of the first manuscript collection. Harbury also largely ignores John Evelyn who, unlike his fellow diarist Pepys, actually wrote gardening and cookbooks. Nonetheless, the book also has its strengths. The recipes are arranged in a manner that makes them easily comparable. This is a worthwhile work for scholars and anyone interested in historical recipes. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Specialists. R. E. Schreiber Indiana University South Bend
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The cookbooks of colonial and antebellum America contained recipes, medical cures and housekeeping information that women of that time deemed necessary for family life. This work contains commentary on two early manuals of food preparation and entertaining in colonial America.

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