Confederate Receipt Book
A Compilation of Over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times

Introduction by E. Merton Coulter


"Nostalgic good fun . . . A fascinating 'mini-document' of the Confederacy."
The State (Columbia, S.C.)

"Gives modern readers a chance to see the limitations of life during those times, and the way southern women rose to the challenge."
Augusta Chronicle


Originally published in 1863, this little book is a compilation of "receipts" to aid Southern households beset by shortages as the War Between the States raged on.

"Designed to supply useful and economic directions and suggestions in cookery, housewifery . . . and for the camp," these helpful hints first appeared in newspapers and other sources. The original edition was bound in yellow, polka-dot wallpaper. Only five copies of that edition were known to exist a hundred years later.

"A Cheap and Quick Pudding," "Apple Pie Without Apples," "Artificial Oysters," "Spruce Beer," "Soap," "Confederate Candles," "Simple Cure for Croup," "Method of Curing Bad Butter," "To Purify River or Muddy Water," and "Hints for the Ladies" on "freshening" a dress to the new style—these are all included, over a hundred "receipts" to get by in hard times.

Confederate Receipts has as much sentimental appeal to modern readers as it had practical value to a previous generation.

Page count: 40 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


List price: $14.95

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E. Merton Coulter came to the University of Georgia as an associate professor in 1919; he was named an emeritus professor of history in 1958 and continued to work on campus until his death in 1981. During his distinguished career, he wrote or edited more than thirty books and his contributions to periodicals were extensive. Coulter was coeditor of the ten-volume History of the South and author of two of the volumes in the series; he also served as editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly for fifty years.