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Food played a very important part in the social lives of 18th-century Virginians. The 18th century includes the years 1701 to 1800. Colonists used meal times as social times. With so much conversation, meals might go on for hours.

The last two Royal governors in Colonial Williamsburg had professionally trained European cooks. Known as "principal cooks," these men were paid very well.  The governor's food included recipes from the French which was popular among upper class English society.  

The Virginia gentry were next in wealth and status. They provided  meats and sweets which was cooked much like they did in England.

Middling class provided less variety
Next were the middling class. They ate more basic foods on a daily basis. They may have had slave cooks, while those colonists with less money relied on the cooking talents of the lady of the house.


 
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