Pioneer cooking can be great fun for students, even if the recipes are adapted for modern cooking conveniences.
You can find free recipes at Laura’s Prairie House.
You can also find pioneer cooking recipes in the following cookbooks.
The most popular cookbook, the Little House Cookbook, featuring recipes from just about every meal and drink ever described in the series. A must have book for your Laura Ingalls Wilder bookshelf.
Peppered with authentic 19th Century photographs, this cookbook is smothered with old-timey recipes, kitchen proverbs, even a pinch of proper pioneer etiquette! Make-do cooking recipes include Leather Britches, Ash Cake and Portable Soup, using ingredients available to settlers 150 years ago! Other goodies: hand-dipped candle making, soup warnings, molasses taffy, faux foods, zucchini clarinet and ginger beer!
Eat your way back in time and enter the world of American children as they lived 150 years ago. Sample foods, folklore and games found in the parlors of the wealthy, the boarding houses of the working class, and the cabins on the western frontier. Includes over 60 vintage photos plus historic recipes like cathead biscuits, sugar plums and hobo mulligan stew. Learn to make snow candles and snow taffy, tell Appalachian ghost stories and play “roley hole” and “jack straws.”
This beautifully illustrated cookbook, Pioneer Recipes, introduces children to the pioneer kitchen and features recipes from the many immigrant groups who built this land. Fascinating text describes how they prepared their meals and gives step-by-step instructions, safety rules, and useful tips on preparing recipes.
These books offer a unique and intriguing way to explore history. The authors look at the foods people ate during the Civil War and on pioneer farms and offer recipes for modern readers. Each title begins with rules for kitchen safety, a metric conversion table, and an illustrated list of cooking equipment. Color is a marvelous feature of the books: the covers, maps, and page borders. Full-color photos and reproductions appear on every page. The recipes, eight per book, are divided into double-page chapters such as “Rations for Johnny Reb,” “The Union at Christmas,” and “A Pioneer Home.” Great supplemental fare.