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History of the American Cookbook This Thursday

A culinary historian will visit Andover Thursday to give a lecture on the history of one of the most widely-published types of books in the world.

Join Joe Carlin, culinary historian, author, and instructor on Food History at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a talk on the history of cookbooks at the Andover Historical Society on Thursday evening. 

The first cookbook published by an American for Americans was American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. Published in 1796 it was in its own way a culinary Declaration of Independence from British foodways.

Today, cookbooks are one of the largest published book categories in the world. This illustrated lecture will trace the evolution of the American cookbook. This talk will cover the development of the charity cookbook; cook booklets that promote new foods and appliances; ethnic cookery; and celebrity cookbooks targeted to their TV fans.

Visit the society website to register for the event.

The lecture takes place at the headquarters at 97 Main Street on Thursday, July 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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