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The Virginia Housewife, or Methodical Cook
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...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Applewood Books
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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.
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!
Apr 06, 2008 Sue 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.