American History Cookbook

Grade Levels
3rd - 12th, Homeschool
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  • PDF (407 pages)
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Do you want to have more fun when you teach history?

In our house, we love to cook and bake to learn history. We time travel right in the kitchen. Here is our Time Travel in the Kitchen: American History Cookbook. We used it in our home and in our American history co-op. Everyone loved it!

Each family took a week to make a meal from Colonial Times, The Alamo, The Transcontinental Railroad, The Gilded Age, or World War II--whatever we were studying. Some of the recipes are adapted from original recipes from old history cookbooks and famous recipe collections. I adapted Louisa May Alcott's Blueberry Slump,  Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Noodles, and Martha Washington's Fruit Cake. I think you will have a blast cooking and eating your way through time! 

Here are some of the recipes we enjoy! You can make them in your kitchen and travel back in time. There are over 300 recipes in this cookbook!

  • Navajo Fry Bread
  • Hoecakes
  • Turtle Soup
  • Hasty Pudding
  • Carolina Muddle
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Mount Vernon's King's Onion Soup
  • Ben Franklin's Fish Cakes
  • Gumbo
  • Davy Crockett's Chili
  • Buckwheat Griddle Cakes
  • Chicken-Fried Steak
  • Johnny Cakes
  • Pullman Loaf
  • Harvey House Cole Slaw
  • Oysters Rockefeller
  • Feather Cake
  • Cowboy Caviar
  • Wo-Jopee (Souix Blackberry Dessert)
  • Coney Island Hot Dogs
  • Creamed Ginger Ale
  • Sour Milk Maple Syrup Pie
  • Cobb Salad
  • Waldorf-Astoria Red Velvet Cake
  • Creamed Chip Beef on Tast

Each section begins with a little history lesson on important events and people along with information about foods and eating habits of the time period. Also included in this great cookbook are resources after each section of recipes. These resources include living books & historical fiction to write, movies you can watch, and sample menus using the cookbook. 

Here are the sections in this cookbook:

  • Native American Recipes
  • Explorer Recipes
  • Jamestown Recipes
  • Plymouth & The First Thanksgiving Recipes
  • Colonial America Recipes
  • Revolutionary War & A New Nation Recipes
  • Louisiana Territory Recipes
  • Remember the Alamo Recipes
  • New Nation/Westward Expansion/Pioneers Recipes
  • Southern Plantation Recipes
  • War between the States Recipes
  • Dining on the Transcontinental Railroad Recipes
  • A Victorian Tea Recipes
  • The Gilded Age Recipes
  • The Wild, Wild West Recipes
  • Turn of the Century Recipes
  • Through Ellis Island Recipes
  • World War I Recipes
  • Roaring Twenties Recipes
  • The Great Depression Recipes 
  • World War II Rations & Victory Gardens Recipes
  • Fabulous Fifties or Happy Days Recipes
  • Swinging Sixties & Groovy Seventies Recipes
  • Up in Space Recipes
  • Eighties & Nineties Recipes

History is a favorite subject at the Curtis house and when we added cooking and baking to learning about “the olden days,” It just made everything more fun. When I talked about cutting the historical meals out of co-op next year, my son said, “Mom, you can’t do that. The food is the best part!” Please let me know how you enjoy using this cookbook. 

Total Pages
407 pages
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