From Rivets and Rails

From Rivets and Rails : Recipes of a Railroad Boarding House Cookbook


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Did you know that the history of powdered gelatin is tied to the invention of the steam locomotive? That bell peppers were called "mangos" in early America? That until the early 1900s, tomatoes were avoided unless a handful was needed to kill a werewolf? From Rivets and Rails not only offers recipes from a boarding house linked with the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad lines, but also gives tidbits of information related to early American cooking and railroad history. Based on the cookery journal of Elizabeth Shade Kennedy, a woman who became a single parent to five boys following the unexpected death of her railroad engineer husband, Recipes of a Railroad Boarding House Cookbook offers a glimpse into early kitchens during one of the most expansive times in American history.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 7.62mm | 204.12g
  • Essemkay Company Productions
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0615730426
  • 9780615730424

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About Shaunda Kennedy Wenger

Shaunda Kennedy Wenger is the great granddaughter of Elizabeth Shade Kennedy and an author of 8 books for children and co-author of a cookbook. The Book Lover's Cookbok, Celebrated Works of Literature and the Passages that Feature Them (Ballantine Books) was a National Public Radio holiday gift pick in 2003. She has five titles published for the educational market, which include Caterpillar Can't Wait, Watch a Butterfly Grow, and In Black Bear Country. Her paranormal middle-grade novels, The Ghost in Me and Reality Bites, Tales of a Half-Vampire, have earned much note-worthy praise. Her chapter book, Little Red Riding Hood, Into the Forest Again, won the 2011 KART Kids Book List Award for young readers and the 2012 Purple Dragonfly HM Award. For more information, visit her blog at

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