A Birthday Celebration for Our First President

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Stephen A. McLeod, assistant to the president and CEO of Mount Vernon and manager of special initiatives for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, will discuss the book that he has edited, Dining with the Washingtons. Combining vivid photography with engaging scholarly writing, Dining with the Washingtons explores the menus, diet, and styles of entertaining that characterized the beloved home of the Nation's principal Founding Father.

Compelling accounts, historic artwork, and images of gardens, table settings, prepared food, and objects from the Mount Vernon collection blend to shed fresh light on the daily lives of George and Martha Washington and their stream of household guests and those who served them, and on the ways food and drink reflected the culture of 18th century America. The book aslo includes more than 90 historic recipes adapted for today's kitchen by renowned culinary historian Nancy Carter Crump.


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