The first known cookbook written by an American, published in 1796. Until this date, cookbooks printed and used in what became the U. S. were British cookbooks, so the importance of this book is obvious to American culinary history, and more generally, to the history of America.
Major Joseph Tilden was in his time one of the most famous Bohemians and epicureans of the Pacific Coast. His friends have been trying to learn the culinary secrets, which made a repast of his devising so delicious. He had given his recipes to but few. One of the most favored of his old companions has given this complete collection of his recipes.
The recipes are representative of the Cucina Casalinga of the peninsular Kingdom. One of the beneficial results of the Great War has been the teaching of thrift to the American housewife. For patriotic reasons and for reasons of economy, more attention has been bestowed upon the preparing and cooking of food that is to be at once palatable, nourishing and economical.