American Cookery

By Amelia Simmons

Original Publisher
Hudson & Goodwin
Date of publication


The first known cookbook written by an American and featuring American-grown produce such as cornmeal. The U.S. Library of Congress includes this 1796 book on their list of Books That Shaped America, one of only two cookbooks in the canon.

Recommended by

Jan Longone

Culinary historian

Considered the first American cookbook, with a dozen or more reprints and pirated editions by 1830 and recent facsimiles.

Myrna & Lou Donato

Bookstore owners

First cookbook published in the United States

Andrew F. Smith

Food historian