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The Virginia Housewife or, Methodical Cook

The Virginia Housewife or, Methodical Cook

Price: $24.99


By Mrs. Mary Randolph with introduction by Nathalie Dupree. ISBN-13: 978-1-4494-2746-7. Copyright 2013. Hardcover facsimile edition with 240 pages.

This facsimile edition of the Virginia Housewife was reproduced by permission from the volume in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society of Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, a Revolutionary War patriot and successful printer and publisher, the Society is a research library documenting the life of Americans from the colonial era through 1876.

First published in 1824 in Washington D.C., the Virginia Housewife is considered by many culinary historians to be the first real American cookbook because the recipes originated in American kitchens. The recipes include many Southern-style specialties and local variations of dishes from the West Indies, New England, Spain, and France, reflecting the influence of many cuisines on Southern cooking.

Beautifully bound with burgundy linen cover and gold-edged pages.

Item # 21513
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