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Off the Path from New York to Boston

Off The Path: What's In America's First Cookbook?

Ilene Frank holds one of the few surviving copies of “American Cookery” by Amelia Simmons, complete with egg white stains.
Davis Dunavin
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WSHU Public Radio
Ilene Frank holds one of the few surviving copies of “American Cookery” by Amelia Simmons, complete with egg white stains.";s:

The tradition of American cooking can trace its origin to a single cookbook — published less than a decade after the U.S. Constitution. It was the first to present recipes of the new world, instead of just copying English and French dishes. And it’s called — simply — American Cookery.