Rare Reconstruction-Era Southern Cookbook
Moncure, Mrs. M. B., of Virginia. The Art of Good Living. Baltimore: William K. Boyle's Steam Press, 1870.
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Confederate pudding, calves feet fried, and corn-meal mush for invalids are among the recipes in this Southern cookbook. One of only a half dozen known institutional copies, it is an important addition to AAS’s outstanding early cookbook collection. Although printed in Baltimore, the volume was undoubtedly intended for distribution in Virginia: the copy now at AAS has a Richmond, Va. bookseller’s paper label adhered to the cover for J.W. Randolph & English, and a copy at the Virginia Historical Society bears label of Starke & Ryland, booksellers, Richmond, Va. And just to whet your appetite, one of the recipes for Confederate pudding (there are two!) calls for suet, whortle berries, clove, orange peel, and a rich wine sauce.