The American Cookbook
About the Book
When colonists arrived in America, their knowledge of cooking sometimes had little in common with available ingredients. Eventually they adapted recipes from the old country for use with native foods and cooking methods. The resulting infusion nourished an enthusiasm for cookbooks, as cooks from all walks of life recorded and exchanged old and new recipes.
This book serves up the American cookbook as a tasty sampler of history, geography and culture, revealing the influence of political events (e.g. wartime rationing), social movements (temperance), and technological change (new packaging and cooking methods). Skimming antiquity, the author whisks us through history to the first American cookbook, published by Amelia Simmons in 1796. Next she examines the cookbook revolution of the 1800s that was sparked by vigilant interest in household management and fueled by professionals and cooking schools. She heralds the charity and community cookbook, which has roots in the Civil War and thrives today. Regional and ethnic cookbooks merit discussion in their own chapter, which is followed by consideration of themes, product promotion, special collections and unusual formats. Cookbook aficionados will find familiar titles in the final chapter, “Most Influential Cookbooks of the Twentieth Century.” Multiple bibliographies list notable American cookbooks, product cookbooks and booklets, alternative format cookbooks, and culinary books (books about food), as well as the author’s research sources. A selected list of libraries and archives with significant cookbook and culinary collections is included, and a unique appendix reprints selected pie recipes from American cookbooks published from 1796 through 2000, demonstrating an evolving recipe format.
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About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 152 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
Table of Contents
1. The Beginning of the Great American Recipe Exchange 3
2. Cookbooks in the Colonies: English Cookbooks and Amelia Simmons 6
3. Voices from the Kitchen: Leaders of the Nineteenth Century Cookbook Revolution 17
4. Authors and Cooking School Teachers Join the Ranks 34
5. America’s Favorite: The Charity-Community Cookbook 56
6. America’s Cultural Stew: Regional and Ethnic Cookbooks 75
7. Health and Nutrition Cookbooks in America 109
8. Cookbooks Galore: Promotional/Advertising Cookbooks and Cookbooklets 126
9. USDA Cookbooks 152
10. Cookbooks for Special Audiences 157
11. Chef and Restaurant Cookbooks 177
12. Alternative Format Cookbooks 188
13. Revisiting the Twentieth Century: Cookbook Pot Luck 194
14. Most Influential Cookbooks of the Twentieth Century 213
Appendix: A Sampler of Pie Recipes from America’s Cookbooks 223
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, Walter Williams Award—Missouri Writers’ Guild
“fascinating…recommended for all libraries”—Library Journal; “interesting…recommended”—Choice; “welcome…a ‘must’…lively read”—Midwest Book Review; “a well-researched history…stories… are fascinating”—Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley; “thorough”—The Oakland Press.