Contains documented quotations, historical background information, authentic recipes of the period, and commemorative recipes, giving the reader “a taste of” life in the Union Army. Published 1991, revised from the 1990 original edition. 31 recipes, 57 research notes, 10,598 words.
Many excerpts from diaries, journals, and letters of Union Army soldiers in the American Civil War make “Union Army Camp Cooking” an especially informative and fascinating-to-read book. In addition to the written accounts of soldiers, “Union Army Camp Cooking” presents recipes and a text which help the reader to understand what it was like to serve in the Union Army and to eat camp food (and enjoy “care packages” from home).
This and other books by Patricia B. Mitchell were first written for museums and their patrons, and are now available as Kindle editions. Each of her books summarizes a food history topic, using quotations and anecdotes from early sources to both entertain and inform. She carefully lists her references to make it easy for others to launch their own research.
Since the 1980’s Patricia Mitchell’s work is a proven staple of American museum culture. Her readers love to share her ever-present sense of discovery. Her sales are approaching a million copies, and she is widely known by her web identity FoodHistory.com.