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Kentucky's Cookbook HeritageTwo Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture$
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John van Willigen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813146898

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813146898.001.0001

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The First Kentucky Cookbook

The First Kentucky Cookbook

Antebellum Hearth Cooking

(p.15) Chapter One The First Kentucky Cookbook
Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage

John van Willigen

University Press of Kentucky

The Kentucky Housewife was the first Kentucky cookbook and is the only one considered in this chapter, as the next one was not published until 1875. It contains strategies for hearth cooking and home food processing for larger, well-off (if not wealthy) households before the emancipation of enslaved people. The Kentucky Housewife is one of three “housewife” cookbooks that are regarded as the foundation for classic southern cuisine.

Keywords:   hearth cooking, fireplaces, slavery, self-sufficiency, southern cuisine, early American cookbooks

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