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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.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.