Présentation de l'éditeur
Descriptions of plant-derived medicines used during the American Civil War, as well as a discussion of the home use of plants for food and pharmacy, make "Civil War Plants & Herbs" by Patricia B. Mitchell a treasure trove of information for herbalists and history buffs. The author uses primary sources such as letters and diaries to reveal some of the inconveniences and hardships the War brought to both sides, and some of the clever solutions developed by Southerners for coffee, tea, wheat flour and many other items. Source-cited quotations help readers to empathize with a beleaguered populace.
This and other books by Patricia B. Mitchell were first written for museums and their patrons, and are now available as Kindle editions. Each of her books summarizes a food history topic, using quotations and anecdotes from early sources to both entertain and inform. She includes original, adapted, and commemorative recipes. She carefully lists her references to make it easy for others to launch their own research.
Since the 1980's Patricia Mitchell's work is a proven staple of American museum culture. Her readers love to share her ever-present sense of discovery. Her sales are approaching a million copies, and she is widely known by her web identity FoodHistory.com.