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What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking
What a remarkable life Abby Fisher had. Born a slave in South Carolina, she ended up cooking for the gentry of San Francisco in the 1870's. She couldn’t read or write, but her cooking was legendary, winning countless awards. Her most enduring gift, though, was a cook book – “What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking.” Originally published in 1881 by the Women’s Cooperative Printing Office in San Francisco, it is touted as “the oldest known African American cook book.” It’s filled with 160 mouthwatering recipes; Pepper Mangoes, Peach Cobbler, Ladies’ Custard, Oyster Pie, Gooseberry and Cherry Pies – a cornucopia of foods you can put on your table today.