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.
Charming guide, published in 1824, offers directions for making rabbit soup, beef steak pie, fried calf's feet, shoulder of mutton with celery sauce, leg of pork with pease pudding, pickled oysters, tansey pudding, plum cakes and other culinary treats. Also, household hints for cleaning silver, drying herbs, more.