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Civil War Cooking: The Union

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During the Civil War years of 1861-65, one of the daily issues in soldier's lives was the next meal? Food, the lack thereof, how to forage for it, and how to prepare it were nagging problems that dogged soldiers in both armies. Union soldiers generally had a far greater quantity of food than did their southern adversaries. However, even the more fortunate Yanks suffered from both periods of slim rations and generally poor cooking. Yet, resilient in their ways, Union soldiers developed culinary staples that carried them through the war years. This little book provides a sampling of the type of food that Union soldiers commonly consumed. The text combines a well-written explanation of each recipe and a serving of social history. By providing background information, the importance of preparing items such as Johnnycakes, fried apples, navy bean soup, or gingerbread can be understood. Readers can learn about the fodder Federal soldiers relied upon and then they can try to create it. This combination of an informative text, ample illustrations, and easy to follow recipes make for a fun filled and enlightening book. Civil War buffs and activity oriented kids will enjoy this title. 2000, Blue Earth Books, Ages 10 up, $22.60. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-These books offer a unique and intriguing way to explore history. The authors look at the foods people ate during the Civil War and on pioneer farms and offer recipes for modern readers. Each title begins with rules for kitchen safety, a metric conversion table, and an illustrated list of cooking equipment. Color is a marvelous feature of the books: the covers, maps, and page borders. Full-color photos and reproductions appear on every page. The recipes, eight per book, are divided into double-page chapters such as "Rations for Johnny Reb," "The Union at Christmas," and "A Pioneer Home." Great supplemental fare.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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