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A taste for war : the culinary history of the Blue and the Gray
Davis, William C., 1946-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, Pa. : Stackpole Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiv, 226 pages; 24 cm
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E468.9 .D285 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For the very first time, the food that fueled the armies of the North and the South and the soldiers' opinions of it--ranging from the sublime to just slime--is front and center in a biting, fascinating look at the Civil War as written by one of its most respected historians. Includes actual recipes.

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Library Journal Review

Davis, a prolific and highly regarded writer on Civil War matters, sinks his teeth into a subject that is surprisingly understudied. Taking up Napoleon's observation that armies move on their stomachs, he looks at the supply, preparation, and consumption of food and drink by Civil War soldiers. The Union fared better in supplying troops with quantities of food, while Southern soldiers made do with substitutes and living off the land. Food consumed much attention in accounts by soldiers because it was the first time most were given it rather than growing it or buying it themselves and because new foods and poor preparation of foods left soldiers hungry or disgusted. Worms in hardtack and bad pork too often provided the only protein. Armies also helped themselves to civilian crops and stock despite army strictures. Davis's history includes civilian recipes of the day to give flavor to his account. The book has few surprises for close students of Civil War history, and he relies more on description than analysis in presenting his varied fare. But nowhere else will one find so full a plate on so essential a topic. Recommended for major public and academic libraries.-Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.