FW: first American cookbook?

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Thu Apr 17 07:43:42 UTC 2003

What Rima McK says below is true, and it is also the case that the book was
published in Hartford, Connecticut.

Betcha didn't know that Hartford was the home of American cooking, huh?

Frank Abate
author, Connecticut Trivia (2001)


This was in today's (Wed. April 16th) SF Chronicle, in Marion
Cunningham's column:

"The first American cookbook - a thin little volume - was published
in 1796, written by Amelia Simmons, an American orphan.  It was
called 'American Cookery, or the art of dressing Viands, Fish,
Poultry and Vegetables, and the modes of making Pastes, Puffs, 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."

The title may have been longer than the book...


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