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THE FIRST COOK BOOK BY AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN (FOOD AND DRINK.) FISHER, MRS. ABBY. What Mrs Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, etc. 72 pages. Small 8vo, original gilt and blind-stamped red cloth, somewhat mottled, but sound; archival repair to the bottom of the title-page, with a few words provided in facsimile, some stains in the text as is common with cook books. San Francisco: Womens' Cooperative Printing Office, 1881
first edition of the first cook book authored by an african-american. Abby Fisher was born in 1832, according to the San Francisco census records for 1880, which describes her as a mulatto cook. Fisher was born in South Carolina of a black mother and a "French gentleman" (probably white). She married while still in South Carolina and then moved her family to California. In San Francisco, the Fishers opened a pickling company--apparently good pickles at that. They were awarded two medals at the San Francisco Mechanics Institute Fair for best pickles. A rare book. Biting, 158.
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