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Sat Jul 30, 2016, 11:24 AM

Historic Food Exploration

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First off...alloo! Long time no see! I hope you are all happy and well.

I'm still having serious health health issues and my diet is crazy boring, so I tend to not think too much about meal planning and fun dishes, and I have been sticking with what will keep me out of the hospital, so I haven't really had much to share with you all. I've been digging back in to my genealogy research again when I feel up to it, and that has led me to a few cool things on youtube that I thought some of you might find interesting!

The first is a channel called Jas. Townsend & Son
He cooks recipes from, and talks about life during the 18th century. I've watched several and have been enjoying them a lot! The main channel is here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/jastownsendandson
And this is one of his vids on soldiers and food:



I've just started this one - Victorian Bakers which is a BBC production that brings four modern professionals together to explore baking in the Victorian era. I think there are 3 or 4 episodes and the first is here:



And this last one is a huge collection of historic food videos collected by Heather Randall that I'm just beginning to sort through which seems to cover a wide variety of periods in British history.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4nfEcXSm87tYY_xsu_oTGH3vaNPJiejB


Luc


EDITING TO ADD THIS COOKBOOK AT PROJECT GUTENBERG
The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph - 1860
Available in several forms as well as HTML for free:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12519

And a little backstory on Mary Randolph:

http://makinghistorynow.com/2016/04/mary-randolph-and-african-culinary-connections/



The Cookbook of Unknown Ladies
Curious recipes and hidden histories from Westminster City Archives

18th-19th Century recipes in a categorized blog
https://lostcookbook.wordpress.com/category/cookbook-recipes/18th-century-recipes/


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Lucinda Jul 2016 OP
elleng Jul 2016 #1
Lucinda Jul 2016 #6
MerryBlooms Jul 2016 #2
Lucinda Jul 2016 #5
Laurian Jul 2016 #3
Lucinda Jul 2016 #4
Phentex Jul 2016 #7
Lucinda Aug 2016 #9
kestrel91316 Jul 2016 #8
Lucinda Aug 2016 #10
kestrel91316 Aug 2016 #11
Lucinda Aug 2016 #12
kestrel91316 Aug 2016 #13
Lucinda Aug 2016 #14
Lucinda Aug 2016 #15
locks Aug 2016 #16
Lucinda Aug 2016 #17
hitz Jan 2017 #18
Lucinda Jun 2017 #21
Post removed Aug 4 #24
susanna Jun 2017 #19
Lucinda Jun 2017 #20
susanna Jun 2017 #22
Name removed Aug 4 #23
syringis Aug 6 #25
Warpy Aug 6 #27
syringis Aug 6 #28
Warpy Aug 6 #26
syringis Aug 6 #29

Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Sat Jul 30, 2016, 12:33 PM

1. Thanks, Luc.

Thanks for thinking of us, and get well!

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 31, 2016, 04:42 AM

6. Working on it!

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Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Sat Jul 30, 2016, 02:19 PM

2. Nice to see you!

Thank you for the page links.

Best wishes to you.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 31, 2016, 04:42 AM

5. And to you!

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Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Sat Jul 30, 2016, 06:27 PM

3. I have really missed seeing your posts in C&B!

You were such an awesome contributor and host for this group. I was thrilled to see you posting during the primaries.

I can appreciate that health concerns have restricted your participation. Please be well and stop back often.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 31, 2016, 04:41 AM

4. Thank you! That is very kind of you to say!

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Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Sun Jul 31, 2016, 10:07 AM

7. Hi, Lucinda!

Those are very interesting. Thanks for sharing them. Good to see you here!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 1, 2016, 02:43 PM

9. Alloo!

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 1, 2016, 02:44 PM

10. How cool is that!

Thanks for the link!

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 1, 2016, 06:55 PM

11. I'm a huge Outlander fan, both the books and the TV series.

 

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 1, 2016, 07:59 PM

12. I've only seen the first couple of episodes of the series

but I like it so far! Great concept.

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 1, 2016, 08:23 PM

13. I've read all 8 books over the past 20 years. Seen both seasons.

 

Converted my assistant and her husband and a few clients into fans.

And elated that Seasons 3 and 4 are going to happen!

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #13)

Tue Aug 2, 2016, 08:28 AM

14. You are WAY ahead of me!

I need to catch up!

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Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Tue Aug 2, 2016, 08:28 AM

15. I've added a free ebook to the OP - The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph - 1860

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Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Wed Aug 3, 2016, 07:09 PM

16. Great to see your posts again Lucinda.

Hope you will be enjoying good food soon.

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Response to locks (Reply #16)

Fri Aug 5, 2016, 08:48 PM

17. Thank you!

That's very kind of you!

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Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 02:59 AM

18. thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing, it looks really interesting.

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Response to hitz (Reply #18)

Fri Jun 16, 2017, 01:04 PM

21. TY! Welcome to DU ( i'm a little late!)

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Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Fri Jun 16, 2017, 03:34 AM

19. I love this thread, Lucinda!

My nephew is very interested in camp life of Revolutionary War soldiers. He and I watch these videos frequently. AND we cook some of this stuff over a campfire.

Great thread

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Response to susanna (Reply #19)

Fri Jun 16, 2017, 01:03 PM

20. I'd like to build one of the outdoor ovens to try the baked goods

Camp cooking sounds like a lot of fun!

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Response to Lucinda (Reply #20)

Fri Jun 16, 2017, 02:37 PM

22. A backyard bread oven is on my wish list...

John Thorne (Outlaw Cook) wrote about building one years ago, and I've been dreaming of one ever since.

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Sun Aug 6, 2017, 06:50 PM

25. hello from Belgium

In the same spirit , The BBC produced a serie called "Supersizers go" and "Supersizers eat"

It is done in a funny way but instructive. The show is hosted by Giles Coren and Sue Perkins.

They explored the british culinary habits thru the centuries and the impact on health people of the diet from several era.

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Response to syringis (Reply #25)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 07:12 PM

27. Yes, it was Sue Perkins at her best

I can't imagine eating the heavy diet during the Restoration period. I think I'd have been killed off by it pretty quickly. I'd have thrived on the extremely Spartan WWII diet, one that's not far from how I eat now.

The whole series is at YouTube and is hilarious.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #27)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 07:22 PM

28. yes it is

I have seen all episodes. I think there is a lot of eras which diet would have got rid of me

The WWII was an interesting diet, very healthy despite beeing very starchy. But very low fat and limited meat.

For me too, it is not very far from my habits.

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Response to Lucinda (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 07:08 PM

26. Also check out "The Good Huswifes Jewell," published in 1596

and available online. http://www.medievalcookery.com/notes/ghj1596.txt It's used extensively to produce the cuisine in "Tales from the Green Valley," one of the BBC "farm series" that is online and probably the best of the lot. The participants all agreed that what they'd feared was going to be horrible, bland cooking without spices was, in fact, delicious, the interplay of sweet, bitter, sour, and savory compensating for the lack of things like pepper.

Online friends in the UK have managed to get their hands on hard copies of this one and have had a great deal of fun trying some of the recipes.

My own favorite was one I found back in New England at a flea market, a solidly Victorian book whose name I've mercifully forgotten and which recommended all vegetables be kept at a full boil for at least an hour to make them digestible. Some of the pastry recipes, however, were stellar.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #26)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 08:14 PM

29. Thank you Warpy

I'm just crazy mad about cooking and baking. I like also to play with chocolate and sugar.

I will open soon a post to introduce myself to the group.

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