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The first all-American cookbook, The National Cookery Book was compiled for America's Centennial celebration in 1876 in Philadelphia. The Women's Centennial Executive Committee, chaired by Benjamin Franklin's great granddaughter, sent an invitation to women throughout the United States to contribute recipes: of the 950 accepted recipes many were associated with specific states or territories.
About the Author
Andrew F. Smith teaches culinary history at the New School University in Manhattan and serves on the Board of the Culinary Trust. He is the General Editor for the University of Illinois's Food Series and the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. He is the author or editor of eight books on food history.