By Jane Tennant with S.G. B. Tennant, Jr. ISBN 978-1-59543-591-0. Copyright 2008. Softcover with 264 pages including table of contents, cookbook chronology, and appendix.
Take a tour of the classic cookbooks that have shaped early American cuisine. Martha Washington, for instance, was America’s first celebrity chef. Her recipe collection was a beloved family heirloom, lent out to friends one “receipt” at a time. The culinary celebrities kept coming, inspired by the bounty of America’s fields, streams, and gardens, and enriched by the many different ethnic traditions at work over the hearth fire. Tennant presents over 200 recipes drawn from the best early American cookbooks, all written during the first 100 years of our culinary history.