Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture

Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture


nutrients is an important a part of our day-by-day lives and will be essentially the most telling documents of a time and position. Our meals―from what we consume, to how we organize it, to how we devour it―illuminate our tradition and historical past. consequently, cookbooks current a special chance to investigate altering foodways and will yield extraordinary discoveries approximately society's tastes and priorities.

In Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage, John van Willigen explores the state's historical past via its altering meals tradition, starting with Lettice Bryan's The Kentucky Housewife (originally released in 1839). one among the earliest local cookbooks, The Kentucky Housewife comprises pre–Civil struggle recipes meant to be used by way of a family employees rather than a person prepare dinner, besides directions for serving the kinfolk. Van Willigen additionally stocks the tale of the unique Aunt Jemima―the ads character of Nancy eco-friendly, born in Montgomery County, Kentucky―who used to be one of the African American voices in Kentucky culinary history.

Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage is a trip throughout the historical past of the commonwealth, showcasing the transferring priorities and options of the days. reading the historic significance of a variety of guides, from the nonprofit and charity cookbooks that flourished on the finish of the 20 th century to the modern cookbook that emphasizes neighborhood materials, van Willigen presents a worthwhile standpoint at the state's social historical past.

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