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The Whitehouse Cookbook

F. L. Gillette

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. . .the bones and most of the gravy, leaving only sufficient to cover the pot half an inch above the rim that rests on the stove; put in the crust, cover tight, and boil steadily forty-five minutes. To prepare the crust, work into light dough a small bit of butter, roll it out thin, cut it in small, square cakes, and lay them on the moulding-board until very light. No steam should possibly escape while the crust is cooking, and by no means allow the pot to cease boiling.


Trim off the rough ends neatly, crack the ribs across the middle, rub with salt and sprinkle with pepper, fold over, stuff with turkey [Pg 147]dressing, sew up tightly, place in a dripping-pan with a pint of water, baste frequently, turning over once so as to bake both sides equally until a rich brown.


The tenderloins are unlike any other part of the pork in flavor. They may be either fried or broiled; the latter being drier, require. . . Read More

Community Reviews

My copy of this book was published in 1910. While most of the book is filled with recipes which might have been used in the White House kitchen over a century ago, there is also a short section in the back which discusses other things like treatments for common ailments and White House meal plans. I

Excellent Forgotten Wisdom, Skills, & Recipes

This book is packed with useful information and recipes. Much of this has been lost to time or discarded by modernity. However, most of the wisdom is still practical and helpful.

Excellent book for researching food history and recipes.

Great Reference

I was super excited to come across this. It has a wealth of information in it. It covers fine dining, household recipes, cleaning recipes, carving !eats, seasonal meats, and much more. Although it's for 1887, I feel that some of this can apply today.

I love the old world look at the culinary arts. A time when the kitchen was the heart of the house and the life blood of the family. Beyond classic recipes of the Americana, this book also contains lost health remedies, etiquette and menus for heads of state. It is a look into the past that reminds

Has a little bit of everything from soap making to place the flat ware

This is a wonderful read, especially the recipe for squirrel soup. You must strain the soup before eating in order to avoid the "troublesome little bones." The desserts are wonderful. My husband even made a brandy soaked apple cake, attempting to follow the recipe. The measurements - a wine glass fu

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