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The Good Land: Native American and Early Colonial Food

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The Good Land  tells about the eating habits of the Native Americans. When Europeans arrived here, they discovered the indigenous foods of the Indians such as corn, squash, and wild rice.

As the settlers learned to utilize the new products, they often substituted a New World food in an Old World recipe. Breads made with cornmeal for all or part of the wheat flour were created, for example.

Ms. Mitchell presents actual old recipes, such as “Pompkin Pie” and updated, “commemorative” recipes such as “Mrs. Beaver's Squash Boats,” and “Cranberry Apple Crisp” in The Good Land.

The recipes, text, quotations from the time period, and helpful endnotes make this an educational and enjoyable book to read, especially for those interested in researching Native American culture and early Colonial history.