Food in the American Military: A History

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American soldiers and sailors have progressed from simple campfire and ship's deck cooking to today's nutritionally sound, menu diverse, high tech, and ethnically correct feeding options. This book describes in great detail the development of rations used by America's military war by war from the Revolutionary period to the present, especially the challenges of preserving and transporting the food. It discusses research into rations, the evolution of the training of cooks and bakers and others, and various ...

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Overview

American soldiers and sailors have progressed from simple campfire and ship's deck cooking to today's nutritionally sound, menu diverse, high tech, and ethnically correct feeding options. This book describes in great detail the development of rations used by America's military war by war from the Revolutionary period to the present, especially the challenges of preserving and transporting the food. It discusses research into rations, the evolution of the training of cooks and bakers and others, and various methods of storage, preparation, and distribution of food. Numerous first-person accounts appear throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786434176
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Fisher is the author of two historical books, numerous food related articles, and a column for Missouri Life Magazine. He lives in Kennett, Missouri. Carol Fisher is a former teacher and lives in Kennett, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

1 Meals for the Revolutionary War 3

2 War of 1812 Food 21

3 Post-War of 1812 and Mexican War Military Subsistence 35

4 Civil War Bill of Fare 52

5 Army Food during the Westward Expansion 81

6 Military Food for a World Power 94

7 Military Subsistence "Over There" 115

8 Provisions for World War II 148

9 The Modern Military Menu 181

10 "...and then there was POW food" 222

Appendix: Military Recipes 243

Chapter Notes 251

Bibliography 263

Index 273

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