American Cookery

American Cookery

by Amelia Simmons

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Overview

American Cookery was the first cookbook in America. Reproduced here is the rare second edition printed in 1796. We have added a new introduction by noted food historian Karen Hess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557094391
Publisher: Applewood Books
Publication date: 10/28/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 458,973
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

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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