Early American Cooking: A Weekly Link

My link for this week is actually a page from the website that Ben already linked us to. It is an article (with excerpts) on The Virginia Housewife, by Mary Jane (Molly) Randolph, who coincidentally happens to be my five-times-great grandmother. Molly Randolph was from a Virginia family that was old even in 1838, and she had quite a lot of American cooking lore that she imparted in TVA, which as you will see in the article is considered by some (including me) to be the first American cookbook. I would love some day to cook my way through the book, Julie and Julia style. Until then, though, it serves as a neat example of how food connects us across time and helps to define our cultural heritage (which, in my case at least, includes chicken pudding).

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