In 1864, mid-Civil War, Maria J. Moss created one of the first community cookbooks, The Poetical Cookbook , with the intent to raise money for injured Union soldiers. The Civil War ended in 1865, but the success of this cookbook spawned over 3,000 more like it in the next 50 years. The recipes are unlike anything you might find written in modern cookbooks; there are no precise measurements, beyond a “glass of wine” or “a little “flour”. Each recipe includes an accompanying line or two of poetry. At 100 pages in length, it’s a snapshot of Civil War era cooking in America, especially in the Northeast.
Available as a digital download, in PDF format. 100 pages.