Good Things to Eat As Suggested By Rufus

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Rufus Estes was born a slave in 1857 in Tennessee, and experienced first hand the turmoil of the Civil War. He began working in a Nashville restaurant at the age of 16, and in 1883 took up employment as a Pullman cook. In 1897, he was hired as principal chef for the private railway car of U.S. Steel magnates (the fin-de-siecle equivalent of today's Lear Jets for corporate travel). There he served succulent fare for the rich and famous at the turn of the 20th century. (Summary by Denny Sayers) (6 hr 12 min)


Foreword, Sketch of My Life, Hints for Kitchen Maids, Weights & Measures 11:48 Read by Dr. Pamela Russ
Soups 20:21 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Fish 10:49 Read by Kristen McQuillin
Beef, Veal and Pork 34:38 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Salads 8:23 Read by Scott Walter
Poultry and Poultry Dressings 29:19 Read by Catherine Fitz
Lunch Dishes 15:58 Read by Robin Cotter
Game, Gravy and Garnishes 4:48 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Lenten Dishes 5:14 Read by Alys AtteWater
Miscellaneous 20:06 Read by Patricia Oakley
Vegetables 37:43 Read by Alys AtteWater
Sauces 11:57 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Rolls, Bread and Muffins 23:59 Read by Joyce Nussbaum
Pies and Pastries 17:19 Read by Catherine Fitz
Cakes, Crullers and Eclairs 28:53 Read by J.C.
Candies 6:29 Read by Betsie Bush
Ice Cream and Sherbets 11:23 Read by Betsie Bush
Preserves, Pickles and Relish 20:42 Read by Catherine Fitz
Souffles; Fillings for Cakes 10:56 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Desserts; Sauces for Puddings; Beverages 41:38 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)