Taproots of Tennessee : historic sites and timeless recipes
- Lynne Drysdale Patterson ; photography by Jeffrey Stoner ; with a foreword by Minoa Uffelman.
- First edition.
- Knoxville : The University of Tennessee Press, 
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- xx, 316 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Rocky Mount state historic site, 1772
- Rock Castle state historic site, 1784-1791
- Tipton-Haynes state historic site, 1784
- Sam Houston Schoolhouse state historic site, 1794
- Chester Inn state historic site, 1797
- Cragfont state historic site, 1798-1802
- Marble Springs state historic site, 1801-1815
- Hawthorn Hill state historic site, 1805
- President James K. Polk Home and Museum state historic site, 1816
- Sabine Hill state historic site, 1818
- Carter House state historic site, 1830
- Wynnewood state historic site, 1830
- Rock House state historic site, 1835-1839
- Ducktown Basin Museum and Burra Burra Copper Mine state historic site, 1847-1987
- Sam Davis Monument state historic site, 1906
- Clement Railroad Museum and Hotel Halbrook state historic site, 1913
- Alex Haley Home Museum and Interpretive Center state historic site, 1919.
What was served at President James K. Polk's White House dinners? What foods graced the table of John Sevier, Tennessee's First Governor? In Taproots of Tennessee, Lynne Drysdale Patterson answers these questions and more, exploring nearly two centuries of Tennessee foodways. Readers will discover that Tennessee taste encompasses the exquisite, such as President Polk's French-inspired Croquettes Poulet with Bechamel Sauce and General James Winchester's spoils-of-the-hunt Roast Goode with Wild Rice and Wild Fox Grape Stuffing, to simpler fair, including Dr. Humphrey Howell Bate's fried pies and Alex Haley's boyhood menu of sweet tea and Southern staples. Patterson takes readers on a historical and culinary tour of the Tennessee Historical Commission's seventeen state historic sites with a collection of period foods from each site and menus with updated recipes for the twenty-first century food enthusiast. Patterson's site histories provide readers with a journey through the accounts of Tennessee's early settlers, their homesteads, cookery, schoolhouses, stage coach stops, and religious life. Her site recipes range from historic offerings, such as peaches from General Daniel Smith's Rock Castle State Historic Site orchard fashioned into a delectable peach pound cake-potentially shared with neighbors Andrew and Rachel Donelson Jackson-to more modern representations of historic foodways, such as Scottish-influenced Scotch Barley Soup and Scotch Egg likely eaten by Sam Houston. From homes of Tennessee's first families to stagecoach stops in the 1830s, from Civil War command posts to rural schoolhouses, foodies and academics alike will delight in this compendium of Southern recipes, served with a generous helping of history.
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