The American Cookbook:
A History

by Carol Fisher

The American Cookbook (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers (2006). 260pp. including index. 7 x 10 inches. Paperback. ISBN-10: 0-7864-2342-0. ISBN-13: 978-0-786423-42-2.

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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.

This book serves up the American cookbook as a tasty sampler of history, geography and culture revealing the influence of political events, social movements, and technological change. Multiple bibliographies list notable American cookbooks, product cookbooks and booklets, alternative format cookbooks, and culinary books (books about food). 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.

About the Author

Carol Fisher lives in Kennett, Missouri.

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