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The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook

by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook is a collection of 200 recipes from our colonial history. These recipes help to take people back in time, even after you leave Virginia, to give a sample of the foods made during the 18th century. There is a variety of soups, dressings, dishes, cookies, pies and beverages. Each chapter gives a little bit of history on the recipes to be mentioned. There are some interesting dishes to sample and tasty treats to savor. ( )
  Michelle_L | Jul 12, 2016 |
Seems like a good book of recipes. I confess I have not tried them. I gather that the intent is to give some idea of colonial food, without completely sacrificing modern ideas of taste and hygiene. ( )
  AlexTheHunn | Oct 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0609602861, Hardcover)

The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook

Every year, millions of people visit Colonial Williamsburg's re-creation of eighteenth-century America for the ambience, the education, and the unparalleled experience of glimpsing our prerevolutionary past.

Williamsburg's fascinating form of time travel encompasses not only the architecture and the artisans, but all the details of our rich cultural heritage, including the food. And The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook presents that food, our nation's culinary heritage: from stews and slaws and soups to puddings and pies and pot pies--nearly 200 recipes in all. Focusing on Williamsburg's Southern roots and coastal proximity, the dishes owe their inspiration to the distant past, but their preparations have been tailored for contemporary palates--no need to run out and get some suet in which to cook your mutton over the open hearth.

Here are perennial standbys such as Brunswick Stew, Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding, Virginia Ham with Brandied Peaches, and Cream of Peanut Soup, as well as Spoon Bread, Lemon Chess Pie, and Mulled Apple Cider. There are also unexpected twists on age-old favorites, such as Oyster Po' Boys with Tarragon Mayonnaise, Oven-Braised Gingered Pot Roast, and Carrot Pudding Spiced with Cardamom.

Just as the historic town of Colonial Williamsburg is a singular adventure in understanding our nation's history, so too this cookbook is a unique appreciation of our culinary history. In April 1772, George Washington, writing about one of the taverns in Williamsburg, noted, "Dined at Mrs. Campbells and went to the Play--then to Mrs. Campbells again" --twice in a single week. The hearty fare that George found so enticing is enjoying a profound renaissance, and The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook will enable home cooks to relive the great American culinary tradition--the ultimate in comfort food.

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With The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook, readers can re-create a vital part of the Williamsburg experience in their own kitchens. Inspired by Williamsburg's Southern heritage & proximity to the Chesapeake & the Atlantic--but with ingredients & methods updated for contemporary cooks--the dishes include down-home favorites & shellfish as well as irresistible comfort foods such as rib & pork roasts. Among the highlights are Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding & Shields Tavern Sweet Potato Pie. The previous Colonial Williamsburg cookbook (1971) sold more than one million copies. This one has even more going for it, with an elegant design & full-color photographs that showcase not only the wonderful food, but also the interior decor, architecture, & gardens of one of America's most popular destinations. Every year, millions of people visit Colonial Williamsburg's re-creation of eighteenth-century America for the ambiance, the education, and the unparalleled experience of glimpsing our pre-revolutionary past. Williamsburg's fascinating form of time travel encompasses not only the architecture and the artisans, but all the details of our rich cultural heritage, including the food. And The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook presents that food, our nation's culinary heritage: from stews and slaws and soups to puddings and pies and pot pies--nearly 200 recipes in all. Focusing on Williamsburg's Southern roots and coastal proximity, the dishes owe their inspiration to the distant past, but their preparations have been tailored for contemporary palates--no need to run out and get some suet in which to cook your mutton over the open hearth. Here are perennial standbys such as Brunswick Stew, Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding, Virginia Ham with Brandied Peaches, and Cream of Peanut Soup, as well as Spoon Bread, Lemon Chess Pie, and Mulled Apple Cider. There are also unexpected twists on age-old favorites, such as Oyster Po' Boys with Tarragon Mayonnaise, Oven-Braised Gingered Pot Roast, and Carrot Pudding Spiced with Cardamom. Just as the historic town of Colonial Williamsburg is a singular adventure in understanding our nation's history, so too is this cookbook as a unique appreciation of our culinary history. In April 1772, George Washington, writing about one of the taverns in Williamsburg, noted, "Dined at Mrs. Campbells and went to the Play--then to Mrs. Campbells again" --twice in a single week. The hearty fare that George found so enticing is enjoying a profound renaissance, and The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook will enable home cooks to relive the great American culinary tradition--the ultimate in comfort food.… (more)

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