Food Fun and Facts - Cooking Tips and Cookbooks from the 19th Century

Cooking Tips, Recipes and Good Cookbooks from the 1800's



Part cookbook, part culinary history, part family history, this book is an engaging and enlightening glimpse into the household of a well-to-do, mid-nineteenth-century Virginia family. Seeking to learn more about her ancestors' daily lives, Anne Zimmer, great-granddaughter of Robert E. and Mary Lee, turned to her great-grandmother's small, now shabby notebook.

Packed with recipes, shopping lists, and other domestic jottings, the notebook opened an intimate window onto an earlier way of life.

With recipes for breads, cakes, puddings, sweets, soups, main dishes, vegetables, drinks, and home remedies, The Robert E. Lee Family Cooking and Housekeeping Book will serve as a ready reference on traditional American cookery.

For each entry, the author provides the original recipe, helpful notes on the ingredients and techniques employed, and instructions--based on careful kitchen testing--for adapting the recipe in the modern kitchen.

Peppered throughout with family stories and illustrated with photographs from the Lee family and other archives, the book is both an informative investigation of southern foodways and a fascinating look at one family's household history.

The Robert E. Lee Family Cooking and Housekeeping Book





Herbal Remedies
Old Time Herbal Remedies for Home Use

Herbs and Spices
Information on how to use herbs and spices

Household Hints
Must Have Household Hints and Cleaning Tips for the Entire Family

Kids Crafts and Recipes
Easy Children's Crafts for Kids

Kids Links
Safe Educational Fun Sites for Kids of all ages

Memorial Day Information
Information about Memorial Day-What does Memorial Day Mean?

Nineteenth Century American Women
Information, Recipes, Household Hints, and Books about 19th Century American Women and Families

Nineteenth Century Advertising

Old Advertising information including Trade Cards and Links to Good Books about collecting old advertisement items

Nutrition
Nutrition for the whole Family-Calories, Vitamins, Minerals and Diet information

Parenting Tips
Tips for Parents of Kids of all ages

Pet Goodies for Dogs & Cats
Make Your Own Dog and Cat Food, plus Dog and Cat Care and Fun with Pets

Recipes from the 1800's
100 Year Old Recipes and Household Hints for you to try

Sewing Tips

Helpful Sewing and Knitting Tips for the beginning sewer

Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving recipes and Menus plus Thanksgiving Information and Entertaining

Wine and Beer Information
Beer And Wine Recipes & games plus tips on making and buying wine and beer





Top 100 Cooking Sites




The first book that puts the hearth of the American home—its many unique challenges and innovations—in its proper place in contemporary history.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that if you really want to understand the workings of a society, you have to “look into their pots” and “eat their bread.”

Steven Gdula gives us a view of American culture from the most popular room in the house: the kitchen.

Examining the relationship between trends and innovations in the kitchen and the cultural attitudes beyond its four walls, Gdula creates a lively portrait of the last hundred years of American domestic life.

The Warmest Room in the House explores food trends and technology, kitchen design, appliances and furniture, china and flatware, cookery bookery, food lit, and much more.

Gdula traces the evolution of the kitchen from the back room where the work of the home happened to its place at the center of family life and entertainment today.

Filled with fun facts about food trends, from Hamburger Helper to The Moosewood Cookbook, and food personalities, from Julia Child to Rachael Ray, The Warmest Room in the House is the perfect addition to any well-rounded kitchen larder.
The Warmest Room in the House:
How the Kitchen Became the Heart of the Twentieth-Century American Home







Cooking Tips from the 1800's
Cooking Tips and Recipes from the Nineteenth Century

Old Measurements from the 1800's
Liquid and Dry Measures from Back in the Day


Picture of a Women in Mourning in the 1800's

Women in Mourning in the Nineteenth Century
Mourning Etiquette from the 1800's

Books about the 19th Century Woman and Home
Suggested Good Books to Read About Life in the 1800's America

More Books about Women in America in the 1800's
More Good Books on Family Life in the Nineteenth Century





Ask children where food comes from, and they'll probably answer: 'the supermarket'.

Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different.

Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries.

How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us every day?

Ann Vileisis' answer is a sensory-rich journey through the history of making dinner.
"Kitchen Literacy" takes us from an eighteenth-century garden to today's sleek supermarket aisles, and eventually to farmer's markets that are now enjoying a resurgence.

Vileisis chronicles profound changes in how American cooks have considered their foods over two centuries and delivers a powerful statement: what we don't know could hurt us.

As the distance between farm and table grew, we went from knowing particular places and specific stories behind our foods' origins to instead relying on advertisers' claims.

The woman who raised, plucked, and cooked her own chicken knew its entire life history while today most of us have no idea whether hormones were fed to our poultry.

Industrialized eating is undeniably convenient, but it has also created health and environmental problems, including food-borne pathogens, toxic pesticides, and pollution from factory farms.

Though the hidden costs of modern meals can be high, Vileisis shows that greater understanding can lead consumers to healthier and more sustainable choices.

Revealing how knowledge of our food has been lost and how it might now be regained, "Kitchen Literacy" promises to make us think differently about what we eat.
Kitchen Literacy:
How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back




A stunningly illustrated book that celebrates the power of food throughout American history and in women's lives.

Filled with classic recipes and inspirational stories, A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove will make you think twice about the food on your plate.

Here is the first book to recount how American women have gathered, cooked, and prepared food for lovers, strangers, and family throughout the ages.

We find native women who pried nourishment from the wilderness, mothers who sold biscuits to buy their children's freedom, immigrant wives who cooked old foods in new homes to provide comfort.

From church bake sales to microwaving moms, this book is a celebration of women's lives, homes, and communities.

Over fifty recipes, from Federal Pancakes to Sweet Potato Pie, are beautifully presented along with over one hundred images from artists, photographers, and rare sources.

A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove is the shared history of all American women and the perfect gift for anyone who ever put food on the table. 140 illustrations
A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove:
A History of American Women Told through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances




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Very Old Farmhouse Kitchen

What's on the Menu Today?

Allergy Recipes
Sugar Free, Milk Free and Wheat Free Recipes

Army Air Corp Photos WWII
World War 2 Photos of B17's and Information about the Army Air Corp

Baking Tips
Tips and Hints on Baking, Candy Making and Cooking

Beverages
Recipes for all types of drinks
Include Old Remedy for curing drinking too much alcohol


It is amazing what this one room--at times a harried workspace and at others the sentimental heart of the home--has meant to people over the course of more than four centuries.

America's Kitchens tells the story of this important room and features New England hearths, detached kitchens on southern plantations, Spanish colonial kitchens of the Southwest, elaborate nineteenth-century kitchens in the Midwest, and middle-class open-plan homes of 1950s suburbia.

The book traces technological developments such as the introduction of the cast-iron cookstove, the efficiency of the Hoosier cabinet, and the impact of the frozen food industry to suggest how these innovations have transformed kitchen work and changed women's lives.

Innovatively designed and lavishly illustrated with historic drawings, photographs, and a fascinating array of ephemera from Historic New England's diverse collections, America's Kitchens describes what it was like to live with and work in kitchens that had none of the conveniences we take for granted.

At the same time, the book analyzes the profound place of the kitchen in our own lives today.
America's Kitchens



Book Care and Repair
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Children's Recipes
Easy Kids Recipes to Make with your Kids

Chinese New Year
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Christmas Entertaining Recipes
Christmas Recipes, Menu's for Christmas and Information for Entertaining at Christmas

Cookbook Reviews
Read reviews on Cookbooks published in the past ten years

Cooking and Food Links

Great Foodie Sites and Related Food and Cooking sites

Cooking for a Large Group
Recipes and Information on Cooking for groups of 25-100 People

Cooking Tips
More Cooking and Baking Tips and Hints from Food Fun and Facts

Creative Holiday Cooking
Learn how to entertain and cook for fancy holiday affairs

Culinary History
History of Food and Food History Time Line

Easter Information and Recipes

Easter Fun-Easter Recipes,Information and Entertaining on Easter for Kids and Adults

Easy Recipes

Economical and Easy Tried and True Recipes

Entertaining Tips and Recipes
More Tips on Entertaining at home

Fun with Food
Fun with Food ,Fun Facts and Food Games

Food Trivia
Great Fun with Food Trivia and Food Trivia Games

Halloween Fun
Recipes for Halloween and Halloween Fun Ideas






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