The New Art of Cookery, According to the Present Practice
Being a Complete Guide to all Housekeepers on a Plan Entirely New Consisting of Thirty Eight Chapters
Published in 1792 in Philadelphia, The New Art of Cookery was the first cookbook published specifically for an American market that included New World ingredients, and it was unique until publication of Amelia Simmons’s groundbreaking American-authored cookbook, American Cookery. While author Richard Briggs was a British culinary writer, he adapted this extensive collection of recipes for American cuisine and ingredients, as evidenced in the numerous recipes for turkey and stuffing a turkey. Highlighting the wide array of delectable meals available in the colonies in the late 18th century, The New Art of Cookery included recipes such as green pea soup, stewing oysters, broiling leg of turkey, baking herring, frying artichokes, lobster pie, and potato puddings, as well as Directions for Seafaring Men, Directions for the Sick, and How to Keep Garden Vegetables. With its wealth of information and wide array of recipes, The New Art of Cookery was understandably essential to the 18th century cook, and it is of great historical significance today.
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