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Americans, You Need This Cookbook

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The Chef: José Andrés

The Book: The Virginia Housewife, by Mary Randolph, 1824

“If Americans want to know what America is, they need to know this book,” Andrés says. “It wasn’t the first cookbook printed in America, but you could argue it was the first cookbook printed in America written by an American. The cookbooks that preceded it were all copies of English books. It was an important book for me when I opened my pop-up, America Eats Tavern, in Washington, DC; we offered a Mary Randolph tasting menu with her mock turtle soup. She even had 10 Spanish recipes in there.”

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