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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 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 upas Texas history, food history, women’s hisory, or cookbookDining at the Governor’s Mansion offers a palate-pleasing smorgasbord for your reading, dining, or gift-giving pleasure.
|Publisher:||Texas A&M University Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
|A New Governor's Residence||12|
|Lucadia Christiana Niles Pease|
|Martha Caroline Adams Runnels|
|Margaret Moffatt Lea Houston|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|