Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty

Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty

by Katharine E. Harbury
     
 

ISBN-10: 157003513X

ISBN-13: 9781570035135

Pub. Date: 01/12/2004

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

More diverse in scope than their modern counterparts, the cookbooks of colonial and antebellum America contained recipes, medical cures, and housekeeping information that women of that time deemed necessary for family life. The keepers of these "domestic" manuals recorded recipes and cures for their own use and the use of friends, daughters, and extended families.…  See more details below

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More diverse in scope than their modern counterparts, the cookbooks of colonial and antebellum America contained recipes, medical cures, and housekeeping information that women of that time deemed necessary for family life. The keepers of these "domestic" manuals recorded recipes and cures for their own use and the use of friends, daughters, and extended families. Because they reflect a range of daily living practices, such manuscript cookbooks serve as important social history documents. In Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty, Katharine E. Harbury brings to light two cookbooks from eighteenth-century Virginia. Notable for their early dates and historical significance, these manuals afford previously unavailable insights into lifestyles and foodways during the evolution of Chesapeake society.

One cookbook is an anonymous work dating from 1700; the other is the 1739-1743 cookbook of Jane Bolling Randolph, a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. In addition to her textual analysis that establishes the relationship between these two early manuscripts, Harbury links them to the 1824 classic The Virginia House-wife by Mary Randolph.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570035135
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/12/2004
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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