Dining at the Governor's Mansion

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You are invited to dine at the Texas Governor’s Mansion, to be the guest of the first ladies and two women governors of the Lone Star State, as they offer (through author Carl McQueary) some of their finest recipes and favorite stories of life in the heart of Austin.

The ingredients in Dining at the Governor’s Mansion include one part culinary history and one part social history, along with a generous helping of recipes cooked by Texas first ladies, or (in later years) their ...

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Overview

You are invited to dine at the Texas Governor’s Mansion, to be the guest of the first ladies and two women governors of the Lone Star State, as they offer (through author Carl McQueary) some of their finest recipes and favorite stories of life in the heart of Austin.

The ingredients in Dining at the Governor’s Mansion include one part culinary history and one part social history, along with a generous helping of recipes cooked by Texas first ladies, or (in later years) their personal chefs, from the completion of the Austin mansion in 1856 down to the present.

Carl McQueary’s folksy cookbook offers a look at food and its preparation, entertaining at the Mansion, and the challenges the women faced keeping the old home together. It includes brief biographical sketches of the first ladies, who usually orchestrated food service for both family meals and social or political events, and considerable background on the mansion’s infrastructure challenges, interior decoration, landscaping, and restoration. The book also provides an intimate portrait of Texas life during the last century and a half, since the trends in food enjoyed by the governors and their families, especially in their private lives, have been surprisingly similar to those enjoyed by even the humblest of Texas citizens. Most of all, it presents dozens of tasty, appetizing, historic recipes tested by McQueary in his own kitchen and annotated for the contemporary cook.

No matter how you slice it up—as Texas history, food history, women’s hisory, or cookbook—Dining at the Governor’s Mansion offers a palate-pleasing smorgasbord for your reading, dining, or gift-giving pleasure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585442546
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 317
  • Sales rank: 982,965
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian Carl R. McQueary serves as a commissioner of the Texas Historical Commission. He is the coauthor of two books about Texas’ first woman governor, Miriam A. Ferguson. He has also written and edited many articles on Texas history for various historical publications.

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Table of Contents

Preface IX
Introduction 3
A New Governor's Residence 12
Lucadia Christiana Niles Pease
Martha Caroline Adams Runnels
Margaret Moffatt Lea Houston
Troubled Times 36
Martha Melissa Evans Clark
Adele Baron Lubbock
Sue Ellen Taylor Murrah
Mary Jane Bowen Hamilton
Annie Rattan Throckmorton
Anne Elizabeth Britton Davis
Mary Evans Horne Coke
Janic Roberts Hubbard
Gracious Years 58
Frances Wickliffe Edwards Roberts
Anne Maria Penn Ireland
Elizabeth Dorothy Tinsley Ross
Sarah Ann Stinson Hogg
Sallie Harrison Culberson
Orline Walton Sayers
Sarah Beona Meng Lanham
Mansion Improvements 93
Fannie Irene Bruner Campbell
Alice Fuller Murrell Colquitt
Miriam Amanda Wallace Ferguson
Willie Chapman Cooper Hobby
Myrtle Mainer Neff
Return to Elegance 128
Mildred Paxton Moody
Maud Abbie Gage Sterling
Joe Betsy Miller Allred
Merle Estelle Butcher O'Daniel
Blanch Fay Wright Stevenson
Mabel Buchanan Jester
A New Era 174
Marialice Shary Shivers
Jean Houston Baldwin Daniel
Idanell Brill Connally
Ima Mae Smith Smith
Betty Jane Slaughter Briscoe
Restoration 226
Rita Crocker Clements
Linda Gale Thompson White
The Honorable Ann Willis Richards
Laura Welch Bush
Anita Thigpen Perry
Old-Fashioned Measurements and Their Modern Equivalents 279
Timeline of Governors, First Ladies, Food, and History 281
Bibliography 297
Index 307
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