Combination cookbook and "how-to-do-it" guide, this receipt book provides for the first time a comprehensive, grass roots picture of what many Confederate housewives faces during those tumultuous years. Substitutes abound, as do ways to preserve food, care for crops and animals, make straw hats and squirrel-skin shoes, and cure everything from cancer to small pox to ingrown toenails. Half of the nearly six hundred entries here -- all published in journals or newspapers during the Civil War -- relate to the preparation and cooking of food and encompass both substitutes and standard fare, everything from snow corn cakes and cracker pie to walnut catsup and secession rice bread. Also included is advice on measuring land, estimating hay, and collecting opium for home use. "Some of these recipes may seem strange by today's standards others horrific (cures for cancer that use turkey figs, sheep sorrel, and dock root). Still others are helpful even today." -- Civil War Times
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John Hammond Moore is a former news reporter and history teacher. He is the author of sixteen books, eight of which deal with South Carolina where he makes his home.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Ginger Pound Cake -- Cut up in a pan three-fourths pound of butter and a teacup of brown sugar. Mix with a pint of West Indian molasses and stir will together. Sift into a pan a pound of flour. In another, beat five eggs. Add gradually the eggs and flour to the mixture of butter, sugar, and molasses, together with two large tablespoonfuls of ground ginger and four of ground cinnamon. The stir in a glass of brandy and a small teaspoonful of saleratus melted in a very little milk. Add a pound of raisins raisins dredged with flour and transfer to a buttered tin pan, and bake from two to three hours. (Field and Fireside, April 11, 1863) TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction, 9 Coffee, Tea & Assorted Potables, 22 Soups, 30 Bread, Crackers, &c., 33 Milk, Butter, Cheese, & Eggs, 40 Fruits & Vegetables, 43 Meats & Fish, 51 Vinegar, Pickles, &c., 61 Puddings, Cakes, & Pies, 66 Candles, Soaps, Cleaning & Dyeing, 75 Additional Advice for Mistress & Servant, 84 Remedies, Cures & Personal Hygienics, 98 Care of Fowls, Animals & Property, 120 Glossary, 145 Sources, 153 Index, 157
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Book Description Summerhouse Pr, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11188771409X