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The History of Thurber in 12 Objects: A Taste of Thurber

by Lea Hart

When friends and family gather together for the holidays they usually gather around food. With the holidays approaching we decided to bring out an artifact that families still use today: a recipe. Leaflet No. 66 “Rabbit Recipes” from the U.S. Department of Agriculture made its way into a Thurber household and we are willing to bet that more than one family made its recipes. The recipes inside this booklet range from a broiled rabbit with lattice potatoes (now known as waffle fries) to the less popular rabbit liver paste. Many in Thurber supplemented their household by adding some kind of food production, whether it was a vegetable garden or a small chicken coop. Those who didn’t raise their own animals would trap them for food and then for pelts. Regardless of the game used for holiday meals, food still played an important role in festive celebrations.

Holiday food traditions relied on what was available locally. In our research, we have found holiday menus that include ga…

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