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

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$5.95  $5.47
Publisher
Dover Publications
Publish Date
Pages
80
Dimensions
5.58 X 0.21 X 8.46 inches | 0.26 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780486247106

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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.