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The Robert E. Lee Family Cooking & Housekeeping Book

Zimmer, Anne Carter (Book - 1997 )
The Robert E. Lee Family Cooking & Housekeeping Book
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Part cookbook, part culinary history, part family history, this book is an engaging and enlightening glimpse into the household of a well-to-do, mid-nineteenth-century Virginia family. Seeking to learn more about her ancestors' daily lives, Anne Zimmer, great-granddaughter of Robert E. and Mary Lee, turned to her great-grandmother's small, now shabby notebook. Packed with recipes, shopping lists, and other domestic jottings, the notebook opened an intimate window onto an earlier way of life. With recipes for breads, cakes, puddings, sweets, soups, main dishes, vegetables, drinks, and home remedies, The Robert E. Lee Family Cooking and Housekeeping Book will serve as a ready reference on traditional American cookery. For each entry, the author provides the original recipe, helpful notes on the ingredients and techniques employed, and instructions--based on careful kitchen testing--for adapting the recipe in the modern kitchen. Peppered throughout with family stories and illustrated with photographs from the Lee family and other archives, the book is both an informative investigation of southern foodways and a fascinating look at one family's household history.
Authors: Zimmer, Anne Carter
Title: The Robert E. Lee family cooking & housekeeping book
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1997
Characteristics: xi, 283 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 0807823694
Branch Call Number: 641.5973 Zi
Statement of Responsibility: Anne Carter Zimmer
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-265) and indexes
Subject Headings: Cooking, American Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 Family
Topical Term: Cooking, American
LCCN: 97014383
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Packed with recipes, shopping lists, and other domestic jottings, the notebook opened an intimate window onto an earlier way of life. The food shortages even affected the Lee family while General Lee was away. Correspondence between the Lees states that Mrs. Lee and her family lived on 1/4 lb. of... Read More »


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