How to Feed an Army: Recipes and Lore from the Front Lines

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For more than 200 years, the American military has been doing its best to figure out How to Feed an Army

What they've managed to concoct along the way is a rich history of culinary successes, and some rather interesting side trips into the realm of experimentation. This is part cookbook and part history, and a full measure of fun. Inside you will find:

  • More than 125 authentic military recipes from the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom

  • How a fish fry ended the Civil War

  • The best method for baking bread (it begins with a shovel)

  • How to determine an oven's temperature without using a thermometer

  • Recipes you can try at home, including Caribbean Catfish, hard tack, and English muffin french toast.

You will want to read this book if you have an interest in cooking. Or in eating. Or in history. Or in the military's version of any of the above.

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J. G. Lewin and P. J. Huff are freelance writers who specialize in popular and military history.



J. G. Lewin and P. J. Huff are freelance writers who specialize in popular and military history.

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An army travels on its stomach, or so the saying goes. What's remarkable is that the American military was able to travel anywhere when fueled by some of the recipes in Lewin and Huff's compilation of actual dishes served to troops in wartime. Covering everything from jerky eaten during the plains wars of the nineteenth century through Beets in Orange Lemon Sauce, currently being served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lewin and Huff have created the definitive overview of military food preparation. Recipes are scaled for an army (between 60 -100 servings), as well as an army of ten, allowing the cook to choose just how many pounds of canned salmon to buy when making Salmon Cakes. The majority of the recipes are simple and to-the-point, with few accoutrements such as spices and seasoning; although, as tastes have changed and procurement techniques have improved, military dishes like Crunchy Vegetable Burritos would not look out of place in a civilian cookbook. The book is packed with propaganda posters, cartoons and trivia about such essential tools as the "John Wayne," a portable can opener with multiple uses, first issued in 1942, that's still in use to this day. Military historians or veterans with a longing for Scalloped Noodles or French Fried Tomatoes will definitely want to seek this one out.
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