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Colonial Food by Ann Chandonnet

$9.95, paperback / $6.95, e-book
ISBN: 9780747812401
June, 2013
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Of the one hundred Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth in 1620, nearly half had died within months of hardship, starvation or disease. One of the colony’s most urgent challenges was to find ways to grow and prepare food in the harsh, unfamiliar climate of the New World. From the meager subsistence of the earliest days and the crucial help provided by Native Americans, to the first Thanksgiving celebrations and the increasingly sophisticated fare served in inns and taverns, this book provides a window onto daily life in Colonial America. It shows how European methods and cuisine were adapted to include native produce such as maize, potatoes, beans, peanuts and tomatoes, and features a section of authentic menus and recipes, including apple tansey and crab soup, which can be used to prepare your own colonial meals.


  • Introduction
  • Arriving in the New World
  • Farming in the Early Colonies
  • Seventeenth-Century Food
  • Farming in the Eighteenth Century
  • Eighteenth-Century Food
  • Recreating Colonial Food Today
  • Places to Visit
  • Further Reading
  • Bibliography
  • Index


Ann Chandonnet is a food historian, poet and journalist. She is a member of the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC, and is the author of the award-winning Gold Rush Grub (2005) and The Pioneer Village Cookbook (2010). The author lives in Charlotte, NC.

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