Lecture and Book Signing: Helen Veit, author of “Food in the Civil War Era”

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    Recipes from the Civil War shine a spotlight on the different ways Northerners and Southerners experienced the war. While only glimpses of the war appear in Northern cookbooks, Southern recipes reflected the war at every step. The war utterly transformed eating and cooking in the South, as Southerners searched with growing desperation for ways to approximate favorite foods with substitute ingredients and to ward off hunger. In fact, nostalgia for antebellum food was so strong that it helped to create something we still call “Southern cuisine” even though, surprisingly, the foods Northerners were eating at the time had not been very different. 

  • Jan 12, 2017
  • Phone:
  • (703) 746-4994
  • Times:
  • Starting: 07:30 PM
  • Price:
  • $10
  • Details

    Recipes from the Civil War shine a spotlight on the different ways Northerners and Southerners experienced the war. While only glimpses of the war appear in Northern cookbooks, Southern recipes reflected the war at every step. The war utterly transformed eating and cooking in the South, as Southerners searched with growing desperation for ways to approximate favorite foods with substitute ingredients and to ward off hunger. In fact, nostalgia for antebellum food was so strong that it helped to create something we still call “Southern cuisine” even though, surprisingly, the foods Northerners were eating at the time had not been very different. 

Lecture and Book Signing: Helen Veit, author of “Food in the Civil War Era”