Also entertaining and engaging are Chapter 4, "Food Throughout Time," taking a look at the effects on food of technology, politics and war; Chapter 5, "Cookbooks and Menus," a delightful look at old cookbooks and recipes; Chapter 6, "How to Find Your Ancestor's Recipes," guides you through researching your own food heritage; Chapter 8, "The Arts of Dining and Cleaning, provides advice on everything from preparing foods to sweeping the kitchen floor -- not all this advice is outdated; and Chapter 9, "Historical Recipes," includes recipes from community and cooking school cookbooks, from times past, 'preparing 'The Funeral of Ham,' for example.
Something akin to documenting one's heirlooms, at the back of the book is a very beautifully done Recipe Journal, allowing the reader to preserve and record treasured family recipes and the memories that go with them. This is a great book to own for its historical value and as a reference; it would also make an excellent gift -- lovely to look at, informative and useful.
From the Family Kitchen, by Gena Philiberth-Ortega. Family Tree Books, 2012.