The First American Cookbook: A Facsimile of "American Cookery," 1796

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Courier Dover Publications, 1958 - Cooking - 47 pages
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Exact reproduction of the first American-written cookbook published in the United States. Authentic recipes for colonial favorites pumpkin pudding, winter squash pudding, spruce beer, Indian slapjacks, and more. Introductory essay and Glossary of colonial cooking terms.
  

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This is a book after my own heart...where my love of cooking, history, and reading intersect. This is a facsimile of the first cookbook published in America by an America using American goods. I look ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

I love my Dover thrift editions. This is a reprint of the first cookbook published in the United States by an American author. The introduction to the book is extremely well done and establishes the significance of the book. Read full review

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About the author (1958)

There is no formal biography of Amelia Simmons available, except what is listed on the cover of her cookbook: "Amelia Simmons, an American orphan." From the language of the book and its publishing history, culinary historians have deduced that she was most likely a domestic servant without formal education. (She describes enlisting a transcriber to write out the book for her.) Simmons probably came from the Hudson Valley region, and the basic content of the recipes indicates that she was a "good plain cook," to substantiate the theory of her origins.

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