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- DescriptionMore diverse in scope than their modern counterparts, the cookbooks of colonial and antebellum America contained recipes, medical cures, and housekeeping information that women of that time deemed necessary for family life. The keepers of these domestic manuals recorded recipes and cures for their own use and the use of friends, daughters, and extended families. Because they reflect a range of daily living practices, such manuscript cookbooks serve as important social history documents. In Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty, Katharine E. Harbury brings to light two cookbooks from eighteenth-century Virginia. Notable for their early dates and historical significance, these manuals afford previously unavailable insights into lifestyles and foodways during the evolution of Chesapeake society. One cookbook is an anymous work dating from 1700; the other is the 1739-1743 cookbook of Jane Bolling Randolph, a descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. In addition to her textual analysis that establishes the relationship between these two early manuscripts, Harbury links them to the 1824 classic The Virginia House-wife by Mary Randolph. Harbury provides an introduction to and analysis of the manuals. She compares them with others from the period, offers new insight into old myths of southern foodways, and contrasts three generations of culinary practice. She explains how these two cookbooks shed light on the practices of upper-class colonial society and how the recipe collections changed over time. Harbury finds that while colonial cooks did continue British culinary traditions, these manuals demonstrate that the emergence of Virginia foodways had begun as early as 1700.
- Author BiographyKatharine E. Harbury is a graduate of Beloit College and holds a master's degree in anthropology and historical archaeology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. An avid reader of historical and archeological literature, Harbury has participated in archaeological excavations in England and the United States. Her work as a historical archaeologist in Virginia has focused on regional events from the colonial period through the nineteenth century. Harbury lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
- Author(s)Katharine E. Harbury
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication31/08/2003
- SubjectNational & Regional Cuisine
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Note11 halftones
- Weight1039 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine34 mm
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