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Did you know that the history of powdered gelatin is tied to the invention of the steam locomotive? That bell peppers were called "mangos" in early America? That until the early 1900s, tomatoes were avoided unless a handful was needed to kill a werewolf? From Rivets and Rails not only offers recipes from a boarding house linked with the New York Central and Hudson River Ra Did you know that the history of powdered gelatin is tied to the invention of the steam locomotive? That bell peppers were called "mangos" in early America? That until the early 1900s, tomatoes were avoided unless a handful was needed to kill a werewolf? From Rivets and Rails not only offers recipes from a boarding house linked with the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad lines, but also gives tidbits of information related to early American cooking and railroad history. Based on the cookery journal of Elizabeth Shade Kennedy, a woman who became a single parent to five boys following the unexpected death of her railroad engineer husband, Recipes of a Railroad Boarding House Cookbook offers a glimpse into early kitchens during one of the most expansive times in American history.


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Did you know that the history of powdered gelatin is tied to the invention of the steam locomotive? That bell peppers were called "mangos" in early America? That until the early 1900s, tomatoes were avoided unless a handful was needed to kill a werewolf? From Rivets and Rails not only offers recipes from a boarding house linked with the New York Central and Hudson River Ra Did you know that the history of powdered gelatin is tied to the invention of the steam locomotive? That bell peppers were called "mangos" in early America? That until the early 1900s, tomatoes were avoided unless a handful was needed to kill a werewolf? From Rivets and Rails not only offers recipes from a boarding house linked with the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad lines, but also gives tidbits of information related to early American cooking and railroad history. Based on the cookery journal of Elizabeth Shade Kennedy, a woman who became a single parent to five boys following the unexpected death of her railroad engineer husband, Recipes of a Railroad Boarding House Cookbook offers a glimpse into early kitchens during one of the most expansive times in American history.

33 review for From Rivets and Rails, Recipes of a Railroad Boarding House Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janet Jensen

    This is a charming cookbook that preserves a historical era as carefully as its cooks preserved their food---and their recipes. As many successes originate, this endeavor was started out of necessity, as Elizabth Shade Kennedy found herself suddenly widowed with five young sons to raise. She established a boarding house for railroad workers on the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad lines and kept a detailed cooking journal. The recipes, tips and and anecdotal notes offer insightful glimp This is a charming cookbook that preserves a historical era as carefully as its cooks preserved their food---and their recipes. As many successes originate, this endeavor was started out of necessity, as Elizabth Shade Kennedy found herself suddenly widowed with five young sons to raise. She established a boarding house for railroad workers on the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad lines and kept a detailed cooking journal. The recipes, tips and and anecdotal notes offer insightful glimpses into Mrs. Kennedy's life as a cook, mother, and boardinghouse keeper. No doubt her boarders were well-fed. This priceless journal documents recipes and traditions that have been passed to the present generation of cooks in Elizabeth Shade Kennedy's family. Historical footnotes add to the reader's appreciation and understanding of the recipes and methods described in the book. In From Rivets and Rails, Shaunda Kennedy Wenger pays tribute to a her ancestor, a great lady and a great cook. From Rose Blossom Wine to Wampsie Pudding to recipes for gall stones and furniture polish, From Rivets to Rails offers a fascinating history into home management, cooking and cooks. Many of the recipes could be made today without any changes. Some ingredients and standards have changed since the early 1900s; but wisely, the recipes in this book remain exactly as they were written, and the reader can adapt as deemed necessary. Modern equivalents and cooking standards would have significantly reduced the charm and appeal of this book. I loved the instructions for Mathiglum, (fermented honey, water, and brown sugar): "Take one glass before going to bed. Stay there for 48 hours, if you have no one to help you." No malady was listed, simply a cure, leaving readers to imagine its many possibilities. For a delightful read and a great historical cooking reference, I highly recommend Shaunda Kennedy Wenger's From Rivets to Rails, Recipes of a Railroad Boarding House Cookbook. Available at amazon.com.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Coming from a Railroad family I enjoyed this cookbook. It has a lot of old recipes from the early 1900's. If you are looking for a cookbook of old recipes then this one is for you. Coming from a Railroad family I enjoyed this cookbook. It has a lot of old recipes from the early 1900's. If you are looking for a cookbook of old recipes then this one is for you.

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