Monday, August 7, 2017

18th Century American Cuisine

From Jas. Townsend & Son, a shop that sells clothing and other useful items to 18th century reenactors, comes a series of videos on 17th and 18th century American cuisine. 

Each video demonstrates how to make a particular item from a period cookbook. The embedded video here shows the viewer how to make fried chicken 18th century style, with a vinegar marinade. Both are recipes I wouldn't mind making sometime.   Other videos in the series include, "1792 Apple Dumpling", "1796 Pound Cakes", "Pain Perdu--Historical French Toast", "Pemmican--The Ultimate Survival Food", "Orange Fool" (an 18th century custard), and "Switchel--18th Century Energy Drink."

For people who find period cookbooks to be weirdly typeset or hard to follow, this series looks like an easier entry point into the mysteries of Colonial American cuisine.  If you want an easy way to find more of Jas. Townsend's videos, this page collects three years of them.  Or you can check out the "Townsends" channel on YouTube.

N.B.:  Apologies to anyone who tried to view this post yesterday!  I was having trouble with formatting this entry, and took it down planning to finish revising it.

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