Hooker [Bobbs-Merrill Company: Indianapolis IN] 1981(p. 67) "English settlers in teh seventeenth century ate three meals a day, as they had in England...

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An everyday meal might feature only one or two meats with a pudding, tarts, and vegetables...

The different betweeen the more prosperous households and more modest ones might be in the quality and quantity of the meat served...

Supper was a smaller meal, often similar to breakfast: bread, cheese, mush or hasty pudding, or warmed-over meat from the noon meal.

The answer depended upon where they came from and where they landed. Augustine ate differently from the English people in Jamestown, the Dutch in New York and the French in South Carolina.

Settlers brought their recipes, cooking methods and some supplies with them.

They also used local foods introduced by the Native Americans.

Some European recipes adapted well to these new ingredients. Connecticut Delaware Georgia Maryland Massachusetts (Plimoth colony) New Hampshire New Jersey New York (New Netherlands) North Carolina Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Virginia Breakfast, lunch & dinner? It is important to keep in mind there is no such thing as a "typical colonial meal." The Royal Governor of Virginia ate quite differently from the first Pilgrim settlers and the West Indians laboring in Philadelphia's cookshops.

Colonial meal structures/times were also different from what we know today. For most people in the 18th century it was considered the main (biggest) meal of the day. What did "average" New England colonists eat during a typical day?

Breakfast was taken early if you were poor, later if you were rich. "Most New Englanders had a simple diet, their soil and climates allowing limited varieties of fruits and vegetables.