Item #3988 Dishes & Beverages of the Old South; Decorations by Russel Crofoot. Martha McCulloch-Williams.

Dishes & Beverages of the Old South; Decorations by Russel Crofoot

New York: McBride Nast & Company, 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. 318 pages. 18.5 x 13 cm. The author, Martha McCulluch-Williams (1848-1934), a southern gal who made it through the Civil War (as is evident here); where she yearns for the "good old days" and portrays her "Mammy" as "loving her work, her mistress, her children, and serving faithfully, with good humor and the nicest judgment." Reading between the lines, one can only imagine what Mammy was really thinking. As Toni Tipton-Martin points out in her book "The Jemima Code" - this cookbook is yet another example of a white (female) owner appropriating her help's expertise without even giving that person a name. The book is written in conversational style, filled with recipes, and advice on how to do most everything needed to feed a large house. The chapters on bacon and ham give detailed directions on how to butcher and smoke the meat. The chapter "For Thirsty Souls" is loaded with interesting recipes such as Persimmon Beer, Grandmother's Cherry Bounce, Punches, Cider's and wines. The author dips into Creole Cookery, Pickles, Preserves, and even how to make soap and candles. Interior clean. Boards rubbed at edges. Yellow illustrated cloth covered boards. Very good. Item #3988


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