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The Original White House Cook Book, 1887 Edition

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Cooking, Toilet and Household Recipes, Menus, Dinner-Giving and Table Etiquette, Care of the Sick, Health Suggestions, Facts Worth Knowing etc... all from 1887.
Hardcover, 552 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by The Werner Company / Ottenheimer Publishers (first published 1976)
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Willow
Dec 18, 2013 Willow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this book was fascinating: a sort of glimpse into the past. I would be somewhat hesitant though to try some of recipes with it's wonky measurements. For instance what's the difference between a coffee cup and a teacup? The eggnog recipe was a hoot with enough booze in it to light a fire. :D

Edit: I just saw the measurement index in the back. One coffee cup is 8 oz. I still think the measurements and heating times are wonky. lol
Karen Charbonneau
Dec 18, 2011 Karen Charbonneau rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful read, especially the recipe for squirrel soup. You must strain the soup before eating in order to avoid the "troublesome little bones." The desserts are wonderful. My husband even made a brandy soaked apple cake, attempting to follow the recipe. The measurements - a wine glass full - can be challenging. How big a wine glass? Red or white? The full adventure is on our blog, Letters from Shenanigan Valley. You can read this cookbook free by downloading it from Googlebooks.com
Michael
Sep 14, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
Has a little bit of everything from soap making to place the flat ware
Adrienne
Apr 13, 2013 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
What an interesting book! We have lost some of our manners, like no elbows on the table. Some of the recipes sound wonderful, and the old pictures are interesting as well. I would not want to be sick, though, during that time. Some of the cures seem worse than the illness!
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May 18, 2012 Edmund Davis-Quinn marked it as to-read
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Looks like a very wacky and interesting time capsule of a book.
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