In my journey of acquiring more knowledge about African American History, I have peeked the desire for others to learn more too. In today’s blog, I need to give a special thanks to Angela Williams for giving me the information on Abbey Fisher and Malinda Russell. Thank you Angie and thank you for joining me on this quest.
In 1866, Malinda Russell was the first African American to publish a cookbook, A Domestic Cookbook. Malinda was a widow and had to raise her crippled son by herself because her husband died. Malinda ran a laundry in Virginia, a boarding house and pastry shop in Tennessee.
In 1881, Abbey Fisher was the second African American to publish a cookbook, What Mrs. Fisher knows about the Southern Cooking. Abbey Fisher could not read or write. Mrs. Fisher was a former slave from South Carolina and was freed after the Civil War. She won two medals at the San Francisco Mechanics’ Institute Fair for best pickles and sauces in 1879.
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More to come from the Africana Princess.