Sunday, February 02, 2014

Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen

@ Smithsonian Books

Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times, coming from Smithsonian Books Feb. 4, is a culinary biography that lets readers see the everyday life of President Abraham Lincoln. Midwestern cook and food historian Rae Katherine Eighmey uncovers authentic 19th-century recipes in period cookbooks and researches Lincoln’s grocery bills in Springfield ledgers to discover the foods that were cooked in his home. She solves riddles such as what type of barbecue could be served to thousands at political rallies when paper plates and napkins did not exist, and what gingerbread recipe could have been Lincoln’s childhood favorite when few families owned cookie cutters. LINK newsdesk smithsonian

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