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Paperback The 1st American Cookie Lady : Recipes from a 1917 Cookie Diary Book

ISBN: 1883206499

ISBN13: 9781883206499

The 1st American Cookie Lady : Recipes from a 1917 Cookie Diary

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The 1st American Cookie Lady is based on the 76-page cookie diary of Anna Cookie Covington, which contains 208 delicious recipes from a WWI-era American kitchen. Anna's journal, kept between 1917 and 1920, predates the first cookie recipe books published in the 1920's and just might be the first American collection of cookie recipes. Even though Barbara presents these recipes exactly as they appear in the original diary, she also shares helpful tips...

Customer Reviews

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Best Cookie Cookbook Ever

The First American Cookie Lady cookbook is fabulous. I made the rum raisin filling for the filled cookie last night and made the cookies today. They came out so good. I made a double batch for both and it made 4 dozen cookies. The cookbook is so entertaining and great reading. The history is interesting. There are several superstitions that made me laugh out loud. One of the reasons I had to have this cookbook is because 1917 was the year my father-in-law was born. I was drawn to this book and I wish that my mother-in-law and father-in-law were still alive. My mother-in-law was a fantastic baker and so she would have just loved this as well. So I can say besides having wonderful recipes this book is sentimental to me.

A glimpse of the past

This book is great! Has wonderful old time recipes from an old cookbook from the 1700s along with great pictures and articles about life as it was then. If you like history and old cookie recipes, this book is the one. It will probably bring back memories of your grandma's cooking and home life from your childhood if you are my age!! Very enjoyable and referred to often in my kitchen. You won't regret your purchase. Great addition to any cookbook collector's stockpile.


Utilizing recipes from a diary that Anna Covington (from 1917 - 1920) created to share with her children, Barbara Swell has authored another book adding pieces of history, art and updating some of the recipes, The 1st American Cookie Lady: Recipes From a 1917 Cookie Diary! Another book filled with black and white photos of people of its time, advertisements selling hair products, lore and tips. I have to say, when I read Swell's books, I feel like I am living in the early 20th century! This book even advises you on how to take care of your family with food shortages from World War I! There are several tradional recipes, as well as some old-time recipes that most of us have either not heard of before, or have long forgotten. You will find recipes for Rock Cookies, Molasses Cookies, Snickerdoodles and Wine Jumbles! If you know of anyone looking for Grandma's cookie recipe, check this book out! If the recipe is not in there, I am sure you will find several in there that you will love!

An excellent dessert cookbook filled with recipes that survive the test of time with flying colors

The 1st American Cookie Lady: Recipes from a 1917 Cookie Diary offers all 208 recipes of Anna "Cookie" Covington, first recorded between 1917 and 1920. Classic and tasty cookie recipes range from Sand Tarts to Snickerdoodles, Fig Bars, Coconut Jumples, Maple Brandy Snaps and more. In addition , The 1st American Cookie Lady offers a host of fascinating cookie trivia tidbits, including vintage art and photographs, baking superstitions, the story of women's suffrage and cookies, cookie poems, WW I food shortage recipes, and much more. An excellent dessert cookbook filled with recipes that survive the test of time with flying colors.
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