Leslie, Eliza

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Leslie, Eliza (1787–1858) perhaps the most popular and prolific cookery writer of the 19th century. In her classic bibliography American Cookery Books 1742–1860 (Worcester, 1972), Eleanor Lowenstein lists more entries for Miss Leslie than for any other author. There are 72 listings for works in various editions by Miss Leslie compared to those for her nearest rivals in popularity, Sarah Josepha Hale and Lydia Maria Child, who have 27 and 26 entries respectively. This is a remarkable preponderance.