Civil War Cooking: The Confederacyby Susan Dosier
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 dodged 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. 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 Jonnycakes, fried apples, navy bean soup, or gingerbread can be understood. This combination of an informative text, ample illustrations, and easy to follow recipes make for a fun filled and enlightening book.