A Taste for War: The Culinary History of the Blue and the Gray
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A Taste for War: The Culinary History of the Blue and the Gray

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For soldiers in all wars, mealtime is a focal point of the day. Armies do indeed “march on their stomachs,” as Napoleon said. Soldiers of the Civil War armies, many away from home and mothers’ and wives’ cooking for the first time, were thrown back on their own resources both to prepare their own meals and often to stock their larders. No one in America, North or South, wa...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Bison Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Joe
This book is an interesting read for those not familiar with the subject but for the real student of Civil War life, you've probably read the majority or the source documents already, so you won't find much new information here. The recipes are period correct but many would not have been used by the soldiers due to lack of ingredients, equipment, or time if they were on campaign.

If you don't already own copies of some of the source documents (such as "Hard Tack and Coffee" or "The Army Ration")...more
Dave Casey
A good read for a beginning reader on the Civil War, this book does not not offer anything new two those who are well read in other Civil War book, especially memiors and letters.
Michaela
Very interesting and educational. Offers an inside look at the scanty, un-nutricious, moldy, spoiled, disgusting meals soldiers ate. Even gives "receipts" so you can try your own!
Sal
Fantastic social history. How the two Armies tried-and often failed-to feed themselves.
Manray9
A look into an interesting subject, but the book was dull.
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