The City Tavern Cookbook
By Walter Staib with Paul Bauer. Foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough. ISBN 978-0-7624-3417-6. Copyright 2009. Hardcover with 392 pages including index and 26 photographs and illustrations.
The City Tavern was the social, political, and economic center of late-18th century Philadelphia. Men like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and even Benedict Arnold spent many nights there discussing the future of the fledgling nation while enjoying the cuisine.
The City Tavern Cookbook includes more than 300 tempting and easy to make recipes such as West Indies pepperpot soup, roasted duckling with chutney, sweet potato and pecan biscuits, and Martha Washington's chocolate mousse cake. The cookbook features new and revised recipes alongside historical information on this important American tavern. Some of Chef Staib's research was done at Mount Vernon and filming for "A Taste of History" hosted by Chef Staib took place at George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon.