The City Tavern Cookbook: Recipes from the Birthplace of American Cuisine

Walter Staib (Author)
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There is no other place in the United States where you can experience authentic early American culinary history. City Tavern was the social, political, and economic center of late 18th-century Philadelphia. Called the “most genteel” tavern in America by John Adams, it gained fame as the gathering place for members of the Continental Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, and for officials of the early Federal Government.

With more than 300 tempting, simple-to-make recipes and full-color photography, City Tavern will help home chefs and history buffs alike recreate the same dishes enjoyed by George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. Featuring traditional favorites such as West Indies pepperpot soup, roasted duckling with chutney, Martha Washington’s recipe for chocolate mousse cake, and Thomas Jefferson’s own recipe for sweet-potato biscuits, this book’s recipes are sure to entice adults and children alike, while simultaneously providing them with a wealth of fascinating American and culinary history!

More than just a cookbook, City Tavern is a treasury of American history.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762434171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762434176
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds

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A fine presentation for any collection strong in American cuisine, July 18, 2009

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THE CITY TAVERN COOKBOOK: RECIPES FROM THE BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICAN CUISINE discusses both the food and the social and political atmosphere of 18th century Philadelphia, gathering and presenting recipes for over 300 dishes from roasted duckling with chutney to a chocolate mousse cake made by Martha Washington. Color photos pepper a fine presentation for any collection strong in American cuisine.

Excellent Historic Cuisine That's Just Perfect for Today, November 22, 2010

By A Life-long Learner/Reader 5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars

I love the recipes in this book. They are sophisticated in flavors but simple in technique and aimed at the family cook and family table. I highly recommend the accompanied DVD series 'A Taste of History' that's available on the City Tavern website.

Great Cookbook, February 11, 2010

By S. Newell 5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars

I am a big history buff, so I love all of the facts that are written along with the recipes. I am not a master cook and figured the recipes would be difficult. That is not the case. I have made 4 so far and they have turned out great!

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