The Military Wives' Cookbook: 200 Years of Traditions, Recipes, and Remembrances

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The Military Wives' Cookbook is a collection of recipes, anecdotal stories, and vintage photographs tracing the history and unique contributions of American military wives. Beginning with an Independence Tea Party featuring the foods served by the women of Edenton, North Carolina, at a party on October 25, 1774, it recreates the scenes and foods that recount the stories of the commitments and sacrifice that military wives have given the nation for more than two hundred years.

Presented in menu format, each chapter includes a story related to the recipes of the period ("A Colonial Thanksgiving" and "Christmas in the Confederate White House") and feature foods from around the world, including places like Morocco, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, and Korea.

The Military Wives' Cookbook is divided into six large sections:

  • Teas and Coffees
  • Buffets, Brunches, and Lunches
  • A Taste of Home: Dinner Family Style
  • Alfresco Dining
  • Over There: An International Affair
  • Home for the Holidays and Other Celebrations.

The women, through whose eyes these stories are told and whose recipes are shared, are truly remarkable. They often balanced the responsibilities of maintaining home and hearth, raising a family, managing a business, and supporting a war effort. In addition, they found time to extend themselves in friendship and hospitality to one another and to women in the places where they were stationed, earning them a well-respected reputation that continues to this day.

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Carolyn Quick Tillery currently manages the United States Central Command Family Readiness Program, which sustains families in times of peace, crisis, and war with information that enhances quality of life, prepares families for extended deployment separations, sustains them during deployment, and facilitates a smooth family reintegration following deployment. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, she graduated from Tuskegee Institute (now University) and was subsequently commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force. She received her law degree from the University of Denver and is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). An NAACP Image Literary Award finalist, her writing credits include Southern Homecoming Traditions, Celebrating Our Equality, A Taste of Freedom, and The African-American Heritage Cookbook. Carolyn Quick Tillery is married to Colonel J. R. Tillery, USAF, retired, and resides in Tampa, Florida.

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"not only is the Military Wives Cookbook flavored with all the binding ingredients of a classic cookbook, it offers us all an opportunity to reflect on the courage and strength as told by those battle scarred families left at home. " - Months of Edible Celebrations

"This book would make a great gift for your friends or family serving in the military. I can't wait to use mine to help me plan my next party!" - Econobusters

"The care that was taken to present this book in a manner that will make for more than a cookbook, but a book, well deserving of space in my bookcase... One certainly doesn't have to be from a Military family to appreciate the sentiments that are contained within the three hundred plus pages of this book. " - Bella Online

"The book is an interesting look at the women who have supported, and continue to support, those who serve our country." - Hushpuppy Nation

"[I]nterspersed in between all the delicious recipes are stories about how dishes were prepared, quotes from famous military wives, and tidbits from every battle America has fought. I have to say, it's an interesting read even beyond the recipes." - Crazed Mommy

"The Military Wives Cookbook would be of special interest to families with military connections, though it would also make a fine volume for someone interested in entertaining and learning how to create menus.

" - Andrea's Reviews

"The Military Wives Cookbook by Carolyn Quick Tillery is so retro cool. It has some awesome recipes in it, that could feed an army... Or at least take along to an army picnic!" - Creative Thoughts by Chelle

"I give the cookbook 5 Stars! I highly recommend that you check it out." - Our Story

"I always welcome a new recipe book to get my culinary juices flowing. This one especially because a) I'm a military wife, b) I love all the tid-bits about those women that came before me, and c) I feel especially proud when I make these wives' recipes that have seen some of history's most important moments." - More than an (Army) Wife

"It's a really very charming cookbook to read. There is every variety of recipes in this book from traditional baking recipes to international fair." - Snow Bound in the Yukon

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