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Confederate Home Cooking

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With her husband gone off to war, the Confederate wife had to manage all aspects of home life (and tend to any business which the husband would normally conduct). One of the wife's chief responsibilities was the feeding of all members of her household.

Confederate Home Cooking, tells how Southern women coped with food shortages brought on by decreased agricultural production, blockades, and other war-created situations. Included in Confederate Home Cooking are actual accounts by women who experienced the war and the cooking challenges it engendered. For example, Elizabeth Beach, a Mississippian, writes,

“They left me nothing to eat at all. Took every solitary thing I had, except one jar of lard and my salt. There was not even a grain of corn on the place to make hominy after they were gone.… I hated their taking my chickens and groceries worse than anything else.

“They turned over my molasses upstairs [hidden (but discovered) under floorplanks along with ‘meat, flour, sugar, coffee, lard and salt,’ plus their ‘good clothes’], spilt [the molasses] all over the house upstairs and down, and I did not have it scoured up in a week.…”

Recipes of the time period are presented, as well as commemorative recipes. Endnotes for quotations and recipes make this book an especially valuable resource for lovers of history.