Biltmore Estate Specialties of the House

The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina is a historic house built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in Asheville, North Carolina. The Biltmore Estate Specialties of the House captures the magic of the estate's celebrations and cuisine through 150 recipes, plus menus like Afternoon Tea in the Library and Appetizer Buffet in the Tapestry Gallery. 


Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 160 pages. 

Copyright: 1994

Publisher: Oxmoor House

Author: Cathy A. Wesler, Editor

ISBN: 9780848712464

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Description: Welcome to Biltmore Estate Specialties of the House, a book that celebrates the Victorian pleasures of fine dining. Since 1895, when George Washington Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House to family and friends, guests have been elegantly entertained at the Estate. And the tradition continues today. 

With the same passion for food as was experienced one hundred years ago, we've compiled this collection of recipes for you to enjoy. 

For Your Inspiration 

You can revisit the world of gracious living every time you turn the pages of this book. Nestled among traditional recipes such as Individual Beef Wellingtons (page 84) and Cheese Biscuits (page 35), you'll find variations on old favorites such as Mint Chocolate Cheesecake (page 137) and Coconut-Cream Cheese Pound Cake (page 132). 


  • Among this book's many features are Seven mouth-watering menus, each presented in a different site on the Estate
  • Over 150 recipes offering the choicest dishes from the Biltmore Estate collection and Deerpark Restaurant
  • Wine recommendations for each menu and entrée provided by sixth-generation Biltmore Estate winemaster Philippe Jourdain
  • A special section on pairing food and wine
  • Step-by-step directions for impressive napkin folds
  • Menus for Entertaining

Sit back and savor this glimpse of the past and let our menus inspire you to re-create grand dining at its best in your own home. 

Whether you're serving a breakfast for two or celebrating with an elaborate dinner for twenty-four, you can entertain with style as our menus reflect the gracious ambience of Victorian dining. We carefully created each menu for your personal enjoyment, and each recipe was skillfully tested with close attention to detail and presentation. Wine selections from Biltmore Estate Winery complete each menu listing. 

Recipes from the Heart 

This book wouldn't be complete without authentic Victorian influence. We've captured the essence of the Victorian age with recipes, specially marked with the Vanderbilt symbol, that we updated from a book in the Biltmore Estate collection. Each of these recipes from the antique cookbook had been marked by Mrs. Vanderbilt or one of her staff and was frequently served to family and guests at the Estate. 

Recipes from the chef at Deerpark Restaurant are flagged in this book with the acorns and oak leaf symbol. Opened to the public in 1979, Deerpark Restaurant entertains guests throughout the year. In summer, visitors delight in the taste of refreshing Champagne Sorbet (page 129). During the fall, the aroma of Pumpkin Roll (page 133) scents the air. Temptations during the holidays include Roasted Pecan Cream Soup (page 67) and Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread (page 75). 


Condition: Good condition. 

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