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Book Signing by Christopher E. Hendricks
Old Southern Cookery: Mary Randolph’s Recipes from America’s First Regional Cookbook Adapted for Today’s Kitchen
This edition gives new life to a beloved book that has spanned two centuries. Using the historic recipes from Mary Randolph’s 1824 bestselling cookbook, The Virginia House-Wife or Methodical Cook (considered by many culinary historians to be the first real American
cookbook––and all describe it as the first regional cookbook), the authors have chosen the best of the original recipes to show how home cooks can prepare the food using contemporary methods. In translating these historic cooking methods to today’s kitchen techniques, headnotes contain pertinent historic facts about such things as butchery, firewood cooking, spices used, European origins of certain recipes, dishes brought by enslaved people to the New World, and even how our cooking utensils have
evolved through two centuries.
Christopher E. Hendricks is a Professor of History at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, where he has taught since 1993. He is the author of numerous publications, including the Backcountry Towns of Colonial Virginia.
This lecture will be held at the Wetlands Center in J. F. Gregory Park. Cost: Free Books available for purchase.
Donations and memberships to the Richmond Hill Historical Society are appreciated.