Although Amelia Simmons's American Cookery claims the title, Mrs. Mary Randolph's The Virginia Housewife is often cited as the first American cookbook because the recipes originated in American kitchens, having left behind British traditions, ingredients, and methods. Virginia Housewife is also recognized as the nation's first regional cookbook with a focus on southern-style specialties, some appearing in print for the first time (Ochra Soup, Curry...
The world's first truly American cookbook, the Virginia housewife contains many Southern classics, such as ochra soup, barbecued shote and gumbo, as well as many other dishes from around the world. Starters, main dishes and desserts (including over 20 different recipes for home-made ice cream flavours!) are all covered.