Some of author Carolyn Quick Tillery's well-researched cookbook reads like a novel with recipes put in historical context and photographs of notable soldiers.
At Freedom's Table: More Than 200 Years of Receipts and Remembrances from Military Wivesby Carolyn Quick Tillery
At Freedom's Table is a collection of recipes, anecdotal stories, and vintage photographs tracing the history and unique contributions of American military wives. Beginning with an Independence Tea Party featuring the foods served by the women of Edenton, North Carolina, at a party on October 25, 1774, it recreates the scenes and foods that recount the stories of the commitments and sacrifice that military wives have given the nation for more than two hundred years.
Presented in menu format, each chapter includes a story that relates to a group of recipes evocative of the period in which the story is set. Some chapters recreate recipes from a historic account, such as "A Colonial Thanksgiving" and "Christmas in the Confederate White House," both of which describe holidays celebrated under wartime conditions. Others are of the international foods they have learned to enjoy from such places as Morocco, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, and Korea. The book is divided into six large sections: Teas and Coffees; Buffets, Brunches, and Lunches; A Taste of Home: Dinner Family Style; Alfresco Dining; Over There: An International Affair; Home for the Holidays and Other Celebrations.
The women, through whose eyes these stories are told and whose recipes are shared, are truly remarkable. They often balanced the responsibilities of maintaining home and hearth, raising a family, managing a business, and supporting a war effort. In addition, they found time to extend themselves in friendship and hospitality to one another and to women in the places where they were stationed, earning them a well-deserved reputation that continues to this day.
Author Biography: Carolyn Quick Tillery, is a wife, mother, attorney, researcher, and cookbook writer. Her lifelong love of cooking led her to write her first book, The African-American Heritage Cookbook, which contains history, recipes, and remembrances from her alma mater, Tuskegee Institute, now known as the Tuskegee University. She and her husband - a career Air Force officer - and daughter live at Vandenberg Air Force Base in the Los Angeles area. At Freedom's Table is her second book.
- Cumberland House Publishing
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I loved this cookbook not so much for the recipes as I did the history. The recipes are fine, but the excerpts of letters and even comments added by the author really outshine them. The book is set up in a menu fashion, so those that hate to plan, it is the perfect entertaining source. The photos were wonderful. I recommend for anyone that collects cookbooks or loves history.