American Cookery, or, The Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry, and Vegetables, and the Best Mode of Making Puff-Pastes, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards, and Preserves, and All Kinds of Cakes, from the Imperial Plumb, to Plain Cake, Adapted to This Country, and All Grades of Life
by An American Orphan [Simmons, Amelia]
106 pp. 8vo. Woodcut illustrations throughout. A modern reprint of an important historical work, being the first collection of American recipes printed, and notable as the first appearance in print of a recipe for pumpkin pie. Other British cookbooks were printed previously, but this was the first to gather recipes and techniques specific to the United States, and is therefore a significant historical document. Originals are quite scarce, and highly sought after. American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons, was the first known American cookbook that was written by an American for the American market. Until this time, the cookbooks printed and used in what became the United States were British cookbooks, so the importance of this book is obvious to American culinary history, and more generally, to the history of America. The full title of this book was: American Cookery, or the art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables, and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards, and preserves, and all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plum to plain cake: Adapted to this country, and all grades of life. This book was quite popular and was printed, reprinted and pirated for 30 years after its first appearance. Only four copies of the first edition (Hartford, 1796) are known to exist. From the Historic American Cookbook Project of Michigan State University: 'The importance of this work cannot be overestimated. Its initial publication (Hartford, 1796) was, in its own way, a second Declaration of American Independence...'"
Keywords: COOKBOOKS COOKERY COOKING AMERICAN RECIPES
Limited edition. Includes publisher's slipcase. West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company [Westvaco], 1963. Reissue. Near Fine/Near Fine. (Inventory #: 2192267)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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