City Tavern Cookbook, 1999, Signed, As-If-New Copy! 200 Years of Classic Recipes from America’s First Gourmet Restaurant, by Walter Staib. With forewards by Michael Batterberry and John Mariani. Published by Running Press, Philadelphia, in 1999. Hard cover cookbook with dust jacket. 223 pages. Signed! (Although I can’t read the signature.) Both book and dust jacket in as-if-new condition. Definitely gift quality!
City Tavern opened for business in December, 1773. In May, 1774 Paul Revere arrives at the Tavern to announce Parliament’s closing the port of Boston. From September to October, 1774 City Tavern is the unofficial meeting place for the delegates before and after sessions of the first Continental Congress. On July 4, 1777, America’s first Fourth of July celebration is held at City Tavern. In April 1789 hosts a banquet for George Washington as he passes through Philadelphia on his way to New York for his inauguration. The tavern burned in 1834 and was razed 1854. In 1975 the Tavern was historically and accurately rebuilt, in time for the bicentennial. In 1994 Walter Staib wins congressional approval as operator of the Tavern, re-opening the Tavern on July 4.
“Within these pages are 200 authentic recipes that capture the best of early American gourmet cuisine. These dishes, updated for modern tastes, include world-famous West Indies Pepper Pot Soup, Roasted Duckling with Peach Chutney, Lobster Potpie, Thomas Jefferson’s Sweet Potato Biscuits, plus Martha Washington’s Chocolate Mousse Cake. With fascinating historic tidbits and trivia that bring eighteenth-century American gastronomy to life, City Tavern Cookbook offers the reader a delicious lesson in culinary history.”
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