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Williamsburg Cookbook

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Brunswick Stew, Bread Pudding, Peanut Soup, and Rum Cream Pie are among the 193 recipes collected here from Colonial Williamsburg's famed taverns and dining places. Lush color photography makes this popular cookbook a gift favorite, and all quantities and procedures have been updated for today's home kitchens.
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
I went to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia as a teen with my family. It's the historical part of a city founded in 1632 that served as the seat of Virginia colony's government from 1699 to 1780. A large historical restoration in the early 20th century has turned it into a living museum of Revolutionary-era America. We went to the King's Arms Tavern and had one of the most memorable meals we've ever had in our lives. Which is why we bought this cookbook sold on the premises. After all, I had to be ...more
Currently reading the 1986, 7th printing ed.


This cookbook was interesting and has an intro for each chapter on how they used to have the food, why recipes were certain ways, and little tidbits about food traditions and where they originated. It wasn't full of tons of recipes I'd run out and try, well, because people don't eat like that anymore. But there are plenty of tried and true recipes that I'd have a go at. Overall, not the most impressive cookbook I have, but worth keeping.
This book tried to walk the line between period and modern recepies with indifferent success. Some of the history was good (barring the nonsense about gumbo), but the modernization of some 18th Century receipies distorted them beyond recognition. Nevertheless, there are a few good dishes I'd like to try making (including Bisque of Chicken and Clams, Cornmeal Batter Cakes with Ham and Crabmeat, Chowning's Tavern Welsh Rabbit with Beer, and Fig Ice Cream).
I have had to rewrite every recipe I use from this book. The instructions are confusing. Yet, I love it because of feeling nostalgic about Williamsburg.
I was hoping for more recipes from scratch. I was disappointed in the recipes that included cans of creamed soup or other processed food.
A fun souvenir from my recent trip o colonial Williamsburg.
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