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A Country Estate Cookbook from Winterthur Debuts in Time for Holiday Gift-Giving

Winterthur, DE November 28, 2007—A cookbook with timeless recipes that offer a taste of Winterthur’s famous hospitality and legendary entertaining for food lovers is now on sale at the Winterthur Museum Store for $21.95.

A Country Estate Cookbook from Winterthur Debuts in Time for Holiday Gift-Giving

A Country Estate Cookbook: Recipes from Winterthur features sections devoted to appetizers, soups, side dishes, entrées, salads, breads, desserts, and drinks as well as menus for special occasions. It includes some of the best-loved recipes from Winterthur’s Culinary Collection, which was published in 1983 and reprinted eight times. A Country Estate Cookbook, compiled from the Winterthur Archives as well as contributions from Winterthur Members and museum staff and their families, features nearly 50 new recipes, all of them kitchen-tested.

“Henry Francis du Pont, our founder, delighted in entertaining on a grand scale,” said Maggie Lidz, estate historian. The du Pont family and their guests enjoyed the bounty from the estate’s vegetable, fruit, dairy, and livestock farms, with each meal showcasing the freshest and finest of Winterthur’s offerings. This cookbook offers a little taste of what Winterthur’s enjoyed.”

Du Pont relied on the cookbooks and cooking heritage of his mother, Pauline Foster du Pont, as the inspiration for his menus and dinner parties. During the years in which she presided over Winterthur’s table, 1876-1902, she compiled her own handwritten cookbook, using recipes from her mother as well as relatives and friends.

Each section of A Country Estate Cookbook begins with a “receipt,” or recipe, selected from Pauline du Pont’s 19th-century cookbook, presented in the original format along with an updated version adapted for today’s cooks, containing full instructions and measurements.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate—known worldwide for its preeminent collection of American antiques, naturalistic garden, and research library for the study of American art and material culture—offers a variety of tours, exhibitions, programs, and activities throughout the year. Winterthur has been named one of the country’s “10 great places of historic proportions” by USA Today and “one of the 10 grandest mansions in America” by Budget Travel.

Winterthur, located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, and five miles south of U.S. Route 1, is closed Mondays (except holidays and during Yuletide), Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Winterthur is committed to accessible programming for all. For information, including special services, call 800.448.3883, 302.888.4600, or TTY 302.888.4907. Online, visit

PHOTO: Courtesy Winterthur





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