“COLONIAL COMFORTS” COOKING PROJECT – Nov-Jan 2019 — call for foodies!

Image result for colonial kitchen paintingCurious 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– hathornhouse@gmail.com.


Early Cookbooks

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 Compleat

Housewife by

Eliza Smith,


https://books.google.com/books?id=h0JgAAAAcAAJ&dq=compleat%20housewife&pg=PP15#v=onepage&q=com pleat%20housewife&f=false
The Practice of Cookery by

Mrs. Frazer,



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Sample Adapted Cookbooks & Recipe Websites


Colonial Williamsburg

Historic Foodways Recipes

Cooking in the Archives https://rarecooking.com/ourarchives/
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.






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