Virginia Victuals: Food and Drink in the Old Dominion

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In 1824, Mary Randolph published the first American regional cookbook, The Virginia House-Wife. Her recipes, using Virginia produce, were heavily influenced by African, Native American, and European cultures, and they outlined a cuisine distinct to Virginia and the South. The VHS collections contain objects, recipes, and cookbooks that offer a unique perspective on the lives of Virginia men and women and are a valuable resource to understand changes in the meaning and preparation of what we eat. Come build up your appetite as we dig through the collection to get a taste for what Virginians ate and drank throughout time.