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SIMMONS, AMELIA   flourished 1796


  • American cookery, or the art of dressingÉ
  • Subjects: cookery, food, dressings, pastry, desserts, preserving, meat, fish, poultry,

    • 1. American cookery, or the art of dressing viands, fish, poultry and vegetables, and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards and preserves, and all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plumb [sic] to plain cake. Adapted to this country, and all grades of life.
      Hartford [Conn.]: printed by Hudson and Goodwin, for the author   1796
      47 p. [----]   2 sh. 3 d.  
      US:   CtZHS   MB   MWA  

      --2nd ed. Albany [New York]: printed by Charles R. and George Webster, for the authoress, 1796. --: MWA; NYPL
      --another ed. Hartford [Conn.]: printed for Simeon Butler (at Northampton), 1798. --: MWA; NYPL
      1. The author described herself as 'Amelia Simmons, an American orphan'. Little seems to be known about her, although she produced the first American cookery book, with native recipes and terms. Cookery books had been printed in America from at least 1742, when William Parks of Williamsburg, Virginia, published an edition of Eliza Smith's The Compleat A Housewife (see under later entry), but these works had been written by British writers for a British market, with no thought of the special interests of Americans. Amelia Simmons compiled the first genuinely native American cookbook, which owed nothing to British in- fluences, and which was never (as far as research has shown) reprinted in the British Isles, or even sold in the British Isles, which may account for the absence of a copy in any of the major

      Bitting, p. 435


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