Curious about the foodways of the past and how they stack up to today’s yummies?
- What locally sourced foods or exotic imports did they nibble on?
- Was it pretty awful stuff, or are there hidden treasures to enjoy?
We are coordinating a colonial foods learning project culminating in a tasting event on Jan. 20, 2019 from 1:45-3:30 PM at Warwick Senior Center (behind Town Hall), 132 Kings Highway, Warwick.
Help us out by picking out an authentic recipe to make and bring from a period cookbook or an “as nearly as I can” adaptation.
All welcome to participate— beginners to expert cooks.
No need to have an open hearth or primitive crockery, the aim is to have a “sampling” available for attendees to try, and learn a little early American history along the way.
Here are the guidelines & resources — test our your recipes this holiday season and share the learning!
Organizing meeting/introduction on Monday, November 12 at 6:30 PM at the Senior Center. (missed it? that’s ok– email us!)
Menu: The selections can be any kind of dish that you wish to cook, we will try to coordinate so we don’t get too many of one type of food.
- Keep in mind that you should have a way (hotplate, etc.) to keep the food warm if it’s to be served hot. There is a kitchen, but we will not be actually doing the cooking during the event.
- Have a recipe card next to your creation so folks can see what the ingredients are, and what the authentic 18th century source is (cookbook name, etc.).
- You do not have to try to have 18th century serving presentation— if you want to give it a shot, fine, but not required!
Note: No alcoholic beverages can be served.
EMAIL US to let us know you intend to participate– firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are a few available that are online; for more titles, go to http://www.townsends.us and then search the title in books.google.com or archive.org to find the original editions. The Practice of Cookery is a little easier to start with.
|The Art of Cookery Plain and Easy by Hannah Glass, 1784||https://books.google.com/books?id=dYIEAAAAYAAJ&dq=editions%3A4NSWV2zeOFAC&pg=PP6#v=onepage&q&f|
|The Practice of Cookery by
Sample Adapted Cookbooks & Recipe Websites
Historic Foodways Recipes
|Cooking in the Archives||https://rarecooking.com/our–archives/|
|The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook||In library system for interlibrary loan|
|Recipes of the American Revolution||In library system for interlibrary loan (children’s level)|
The Townsends Channel on Youtube has dozens of “how to” videos for 18th century cooking.