Historical American Recipes for the 4th of July

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The American Independence Day is usually celebrated with a barbecue, but if you want to try something different, visit the Colonial Williamsburg website for American recipes from the 18th century. They have a whole department dedicated to researching and recreating colonial American foods, called the Department of Historic Foodways. They’re currently researching culinary topics like coffee, dairying, food preservation, beer brewing and military foods, but there’s a generous list of recipes already posted with instruction videos and background information about the dishes. Some examples:

Tomatoes and Eggs (recipe)

Tomatoes and Eggs

Tomatoes and Eggs

Doughnuts – A Yankee Cake (recipe)

Doughnuts – A Yankee Cake

Doughnuts – A Yankee Cake

Macaroons with Cream (recipe)

Macaroons with Cream

Macaroons with Cream

Asparagus Forced in French Rolls (recipe)

Asparagus Forced in French Rolls

Asparagus Forced in French Rolls

Eggs in Croquettes (recipe)

Eggs in Croquettes

Eggs in Croquettes

If you’d like a real book to accompany the recipes, you can find great vintage American cookbooks on Etsy. They’ll give more variety and recipes than Colonial Williamsburg, but you’ll need to decipher the cooking instructions and experiment with ingredient substitutes. You can also choose cookbooks from the early 19th century, which are still ‘historical’ but probably more straightforward.

1. Housekeeping in Old Virginia by Marion Cabell Tyree
(1965 reprint of 1879 original)

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Vintage Book Housekeeping in Old Virginia Housewifery Early America Historical Cookbook

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2. Cooking in the Old Creole Days: La Cuisine Creole A L’Usage Des Petits Menages by Celestine Eustice (1904)
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La Cuisine Creole A L'Usage Des Petits Menages 1904 by Celestine Eustice Illlus. by Harper Pennington

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3. Praktisches Koch-Buch für die Deutschen in Amerika - ‘Practical Cookbook for the German in America’ (1897)

via Home On The Hill

Copyright 1897 George Brumder, Practical Cookbook for the German in America

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4. The Enterprising Housekeeper by Helen Louise Johnson (1898)
via Rescued In Time

1898 Recipe Book, The Enterprising Housekeeper, by Helen Louise Johnson, Second Edition

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5. The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph (1838)
via Vintage Cook Etc

1838 edition of The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph - considered the first truly American cookbook

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6. The National Binding of the American Woman’s Cook Book: Wartime Edition (1942)
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The National Binding of the American Woman's Cook Book: Wartime Edition

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7. American Practical Cookery Book (1859)
via JodyBeCo

Antique American Practical Cookery Book- Pre Civil War, 1859

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8. Arm & Hammer Soda Book of Valuable Recipes (1910), Rumford Everyday Cook Book for the Housekeeper and Student (1927), and Procter & Gamble’s Housecleaning Hints (1934)
via Quite right, Slick.

Antique Cookbooks Lot Three Arm and Hammer Church and Co. Rumford Baking Powder Housecleaning Hints

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One Response

  1. Monica

    July 3, 2012 11:19 am

    Thanks for these recipes and for including my cookbook! Love all your choices and looking forward to trying the Tomatoes and Eggs and Eggs in Croquettes!

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