To help celebrate our new audiobook, "Beyond All Price," written by Carolyn Schriber and narrated by Adrianne Price, the "Roundheads and Ramblings" blog will be publishing the pages of a recipe book to accompany the story. The recipe book, "Nellie's Kitchen," originated as a supplementary CD used to promote the paperback book. Now, with the story of Nellie Chase entering its fifth year of publication and available in all formats, we're making the additional material available to a wider audience. The recipes are divided into five chapters that follow the adventures of Nellie Chase. Follow along for the next several weeks as we explore the cuisine of 19th-century America.
A Civil War
nurse had more to learn about cooking than about medicine. Nellie Chase soon
found that her primary task was not to offer medical advice or dole out medicine.
Her job was to keep the men well-fed and happy. Wounded men recovered more
quickly if they ate well. Homesick soldiers perked up when they had a taste of
home. And healthy, well-nourished men were much less likely to succumb to
Nellie began her cooking
lessons with the 100th Pennsylvania
“Roundheads” Regiment. These young backwoodsmen taught her about Scotch-Irish
and Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.
Their move to Washington, DC, reminded Nellie of
her own New England roots and encouraged her to teach the Roundheads the joys
of fresh seafood.
Then they sailed off to South Carolina, where abandoned
slaves introduced them all to the African-inspired cuisine of the Low Country.
Later in her
career, Nellie spent time in military hospitals, both as a patient and as a
nurse. There she learned more about cooking for invalids.
Then she traveled to
Tennessee, where she added country cooking and other southern recipes to her
By the time Nellie and her new
husband, George Earnest, took over the operation of the Railroad Hotel in
Paris, Tennessee, Nellie was not only an accomplished cook. She also had a menu
that spanned the country from Maine to South Carolina, from the shores of
the Atlantic to the Mississippi River.
Coming tomorrow: The introduction to Chapter One: Roundhead Recipes.