Julia Child, Thomas Jefferson & Singing French Cookbooks

Watch this video of Julia Child talking about some very old cookbooks and recipes that can be found at the Library of Congress.  She mentions Thomas Jefferson’s favorite recipe for vanilla ice cream (made with 2 bottles of cream, 5 egg yolks and 1/2 pound of sugar).  Then she talks a little about a singing French cookbook.  It was created to help servants remember recipes back in the late 1700’s.  Check it out…

Here are links to a couple of Thomas Jefferson’s actual recipes.  The documents are not great quality but they’re fascinating to see…

Jefferson’s Recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream

Jefferson’s Method for Making Coffee

Meringue Recipe (in French)

Enjoy!

Mama Lisa

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