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What Mrs Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking by Abby Fisher
What Mrs Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking is an intriguing book by an ex-slave from Mobile, Alabama who worked as a chef in San Francisco in the second half of the 19th Century.
This is the oldest known African-American cookbook published in America. This collection of 160 authentic old Southern recipes was originally published in San Francisco in 1881.
Along with Eliza Acton from England and her fellow country-woman Elizabeth Putnam, Abbey Fisher was a pioneer in the use of precise measurements of ingredients in recipes. She uses measurements such as quarts, pounds, gallons, tablespoons and even teaspoons and half-teaspoons. Up until then most recipes were simply described in terms such as 'take a good piece of butter' or 'mix with sufficient flour' or "make puff paste, and roll it thin".
The Table of Contents is curiously arrranged 'almost' in alphabetical order of subject. You be the judge.
Breakfast Breads Broiled Meats Croquettes Cakes, Etc. Pickles, Sauces, Etc Pies, Etc Puddings Preserves, Spices, Etc Roast Meats Salads Sherbets Soups, Chowders, Etc Miscellaneous
The recipes themselves range from the inaccesible to others that can easily be re-created in kitchens of today.
This is an interesting book written by a very interesting woman.