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The Virginia Housewife, or Methodical Cook

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Originally published in 1838 and widely regarded as the first American Southern cookbook, The Virginia Housewife is more than just a regional cookbook. While gathering the best of Southern cooking, it also gives a picture of dishes that were popular around the country at the time. Reputed to be the best cook and hostess in Richmond, Mary Randolph's work reflects the influe
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Applewood Books
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Deanne
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first practical cookbook. A trip back in time to the Colonial kitchen.
Laureen
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to read really old cookbooks. So if you don't and I'm sure that's most of you, it's not for you. It dates from the 1820s. But as old cookbooks go, this is really one of the easiest ones to read. (And the free Kindle version of this is good, unlike many old books that weren't input properly.) The language is old-fashioned but not difficult. The directions are more specific than you often find in these books, and the author has an engaging voice.
Tibia
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I love collecting cookbooks, and especially unique ones, this was a must read for me. I found this in an edition with a beautiful classic binding, so I bought several for my gardening friends. Can't say that I will be making many of these old recipes, though!
Katie Hanrahan
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical research and the possibility of finding a new recipe---perfect reading for my highly stressed state these days.
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Sue
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in American food history
And yet another Dover edition. This book was originally published in 1824. It is interesting as an example of an antebellum southern cookbook.
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