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Old 11-06-2005, 03:27 PM   #1
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Pigsfoot Jelly and Persimmon Beer Paperback

We drove up to Harper's Ferry, WV this morning. At the National Park Service visitor center, I picked up this little paperback for about $10 entitled Pigsfoot Jelly and Persimmon Beer.

It's a compendium of interviews, oral histories, and articles about food practices and customs in Virginia that were written up during the Depression under the Federal Writers Project.

Looks pretty interesting, and even has the info about Brunswick stew that I was looking for a couple of days ago.

I'll let y'all know what's in it after I've read a bit more.

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Old 11-06-2005, 11:32 PM   #2
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Sounds great! Keep us posted.
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I love reading about culinary history and tradition Mudbug, that book sounds like it'd be so much fun. I hope it proves to be a great read for you
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Old 11-07-2005, 05:06 PM   #4
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I'm going to put this book on my bedside table. Good idea to change the title, admins - wasn't thinking here.
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Old 12-11-2005, 06:10 PM   #5
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Finally finished it.

Mostly oral or otherwise 'histories', some rather fake-sounding (I don't think the Virginian state dish is fried chicken).

Interesting stuff about Brunswick stew (supposedly NOT from Georgia). Will type it out when I'm feeling less lazy.
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Old 12-12-2005, 03:41 AM   #6
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That's sounds an interesting book, Mudbug.

One of my favourite books (in a similar way) is A Scots Kitchen by F Marian MacNeill. It was originally written in about 1929 and I have my Granny's first edition - well thumbed and much loved by three generations of my family. BUT I recently bought a new edition (it's STILL in print!) because I didn't want to cause further damage to the original. It has some fascinating history - as well as genuine recipes.
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