These are books that cover a wide range of topics,
including those that relate, in some way, to early
19th Century (and earlier) life, and those that are
considerably more “modern.” Some are directly
connected to historic foodways, with perhaps
a foodways-related sentence or two, while others
deal with history, lifestyles, and the general world
in which historic cooks resided. Many have led me
to discover the fact that you never know where
you’ll find a gem of a reference about the role
foodways plays, or has played, in daily life. It’s
my belief that, in order to re-create foods of any
past, you need to understand, at least in part,
the entire world in which a people lived.
Bailey, L.H.: Sketch of the Evolution of Our Native Fruits; The Macmillan
Company, New York and London, 1898; Reprint edition, Scholarly
Resources, Inc., Wilmingotn, DE and London, England, 1974.
Boxer, C.R.: The Dutch Seaborne Empire, 1600-1800; Penquin Books
by arrangement with Hutchinson of London (1965), Reprint 1990.
Brewer, Priscilla J.: From Fireplace to Cookstove,
Technology and the Domestic Ideal in America;
Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, 2000.
Brinkley, Alan: The Unfinished Nation, A Concise Hsitory of the American
People, Volume One: to 1877; McGraw Hill, New York, NY, 1993.
Brown, Kathleen M.: Foul Bodies, Cleanliness in Early America;
Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2009.
Buel, Joy Day and Richard, Jr.: The Way of Duty, A Woman and
Her Family in Revolutionary America; W.W. Norton & Company,
New York, NY, 1984, paperback 1985, reissued 1995.
Burgan, Michael, with Timothy J. Shannon, PhD: Voices from Colonial America, New York 1609-1776; National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., 2006.
Bushman, Richard L.: The Refinement of America, Persons, Houses, Cities;
Vintage Books, A division of Random House, Inc., New York, NY, 1993.
Cecil, Evelyn: A History of Gardening in England, Third and Enlarged
Edition; E.P. Dutton and Company, New York, NY, 1910, reprint
by Kessinger Publishing, no date given.
de Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John: Letters from an American Farmer; first
printed in London, England, 1783; Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, NY, 2005.
Culpeper, Nicholas (1616-1654): Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, A Book of Natural Remedies for Ancient Ills; Wordsworth Editions Ltd., Hertfordshire, England,
1995; originally printed 1653.
Deetz, James: In Small Things Forgotten, An Archaeology of Early
American Life; Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc.,
New York, NY, 1997.
Fabend, Firth Haring: Zion on the Hudson, Dutch New York and New Jersey
in the Age of Revivals; Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ and
London, England, 2000.
Fagan, Brian: Fish on Friday, Feasting, Fasting and the Discovery
of the New World; Basic Books, a Member of the Perseus Books Group,
New York, NY, 2006.
Franklin, Linda Campbell: 300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles,
5th Edition; krause publications, Iola, WI, 2003.
Hawke, David Freeman: Everyday Life in Early America; Harper-Collins,
Publishers, New York, NY, 1988.
Hedrick, Ulysses Prentiss: A History of Agriculture in the State of New York;
American Century Series, Hill and Wang, New York, NY, 1966, originally
Hooker, Richard J., Editor: The Carolina Backcountry on the Eve
of the Revolution, The Journal and Other Writings of Charles Woodmason,
Anglican Itinerant, 1766-1768; University of North Carolina Pess,
Chapel Hill, NC, 1953.
Janvier, Thomas: In Old New York, A Classic History of New York City;
Harper & Brothers, New York, NY, 1894; Reprint, St. Marten’s Press,
New York, NY, 2000
Jensen, Joan M.: Loosening the Bonds, Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750-1850;
Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1986.
Kalm, Peter: The America of 1750, Peter Kalm’s Travels in North America,
The English Version of 1770, Volume I and II; reprint by Dover Publications,
New York NY, 1966.
Kaye, Myrna: There’s a Bed in the Piano, The Inside Story of the American Home;
Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA, 1998.
Ketchum, William C., Jr.: Early Potters and Potteries of New York State;
Funk & Wagnalls, New York, NY, 1970.
Larkin, Jack: The Reshaping of Everyday Life, 1790-1840; Harper & Row,
Publishers, New York, NY, 1988.
Macdonald, Janet: Feeding Nelson’s Navy, The True Story of Food
at Sea in the Georgian Era; Chatham Publishing, London, England,
2006 (paperback edition).
Marryat, Captain Frederick (1792-1848): Diary in America, Volume I and
Volume II; Kessinger Publishing reprint, no date given.
Martin, Wendy, Editor: Colonial American Travel Narratives; Penguin Books.
New York, NY, 1994
McMahon, Bernard: McMahon’s American Gardener, 11th Edition,
Funk & Wagnalls, New York, NY, 1976 (facsimile).
Ment, David: The Shaping of a City, A Brief History of Brooklyn; Brooklyn
Rediscovery, Brooklyn Educational & Cultural Alliance; Brooklyn, NY, 1979
Ment, David, with Anthony Robins & David Framberger: Building Blocks of Brooklyn, A Study of Urban Growth; Brooklyn Rediscovery, Brooklyn
Educational & Cultural Alliance, Brooklyn, NY, 1979.
Nissennbaum, Stephen: The Battle for Christmas, A Cultural History of America’s Most Cherished Holiday; Vintage Books, a division of Random
House, Inc., New York, NY, 1997.
[NOTE: An excellent book backed by extensive research, including that
which debunks the myth that St. Nicholas Day was celebrated in New York.
Or, for that matter, anywhere in the New World.]
Phipps, Frances: Colonial Kitchens, Their Furnishings, and Their Gardens,
The First Definitive Account Based on Settlers’ Journals and Travelers’ Diaries;
Hawthorn Books, Inc., New York, NY, 1972.
Seaver, James E., edited by June Namias: A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary
Jemison; first published in Canandaigua, NY, 1824; University of Oklahoma
Press, OK, 1992; paperback edition (what I have), 1995.
Thacher, James: The American Orchardist, A Practical Treatise on the Culture
and Management of Fruit Trees, Second Edition; originally published in 1825;
facsimile published by Applewood Books, Bedford, MA. no date given.
Traill, Henry Duff, Editor: Social England, A Record of the Progress of the People, Volume I, from the Earliest Times to the Accession of Edward I, Second Edition;
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and Cassell and Company, Ltd., London, 1894;
Reprinted by Kessinger Publishing, no date given.
Turner, Jack: Spice, The History of a Temptation; Vintage Books, a Division
of Random House, Inc., New York, NY, 2004.
Wright, Louis B.: The Cultural Life of the American Colonies; originally
published by Harper & Row, New York, NY, 1957; Dover Publications, Inc.,
reprint, Mineola, NY, 2002.
Zimmerman, Jean: The Women of the House, How a Colonial She-Merchant
Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty; Harcourt, Inc., New York, NY, 2006.
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