American History Cookbook


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 our studies come alive! When I talked about cutting the historical meals out of co-op one year, my son said, “Mom, you can’t do that. The food is the best part!” Wouldn’t you like your family to feel that way about American history studies? This book is the key. We’ve adapted historical recipes to make them easy to fix in your own kitchen. Let your chefs learn history the fun way–in the kitchen!

You receive a bonus in each chapter: American history overviews and book lists, as well as food history, too. You will meet Presidents, generals, history makers, and Christian heroes in these 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 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!

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 unique 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.

​Make these dishes.

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 Toast

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

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