American Cookery

Amelia Simmons (1700 - 1800)

American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons, was the first known cookbook written by an American, published in 1796. 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. (Description from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Cooking

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Preface -- Directions for Catering, or the procuring the best Viands, Fish, &c. Betsie Bush
Play 02 02 - Roots and Vegetables -- Beans -- Fruits Betsie Bush
Play 03 03 - Receipts -- [Meats] -- [Pies] Betsie Bush
Play 04 04 - Puddings -- Custards -- Tarts-- Syllabubs Betsie Bush
Play 05 05 - Cake Betsie Bush
Play 06 06 - Preserves -- [Boiling] -- Errata Betsie Bush