What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc. Abby Fisher.
What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc.
What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc.
What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc.
What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc.
What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc.

What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc.

San Francisco: Women's Co-operative Printing Office, 1881.

First Edition. 72 pp. (but several pages lacking or mutilated). Original gilt-lettered cloth. Fair. Cloth well-worn and a little frayed, text block loose within the binding, tears to a few pages, some soiling to pages and staining to lower margins. This copy lacking the front free endpapers as well as pp. 15-16 and 29-30; closed horizontal tear in p. 21, pp. 23-24 with 3-line horizontal strip cut out, pp. 27-28 with top 5 lines cut out, pp. 57-58 with 2-line strip cut out.

The second published book authored by an African American solely devoted to cookery. Preceded only by the extremely rare A Domestic Cook Book by Mrs. Malinda Russell in 1866. Author of The Jemima Code Toni Tipton-Martin wrote of this book on her blog:

A former slave named Abby Fisher also established a reputation for excellence in cookery and business along the shores of the Pacific, but she did something extraordinary for the time: She published a cookbook to prove it. [...] Although unschooled, Fisher operated a pickles and preserves manufacturing business with her husband, Alexander in San Francisco. She won awards and medals at various fairs in California. And in 1881 she released What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, a collection of more than 150 recipes – 'a book of my knowledge, based on an experience of upwards of 35 years in the art of cooking.'

One of the rarest American cookbooks, as many copies were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fires. Tipton-Martin, p. 21; Bitting, p. 158; Culinary America, 29. Item #140938487

Price: $7,000.00

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