Really Old Cookbooks

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Move over, Nigella. Enough with the 30-minute Meals and the Semi-Homemade craze. Some of us like a little nostalgia, ok? Some of us like to do it the long, hard way.

If really old cookbooks are your thing, do we have the resource for you. Cookbooks From the Open Door is an online shop that carries just about every historical cookbook a collector could want.

They stock everything from Marcus Apicius' First Century Cooking and Dining In Imperial Rome to a facsimile of the original (1931) edition of The Joy of Cooking. Here are some other titles to look forward to:

  • First American Cookbook (1796)
  • Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (1805)
  • American Frugal Housewife (1833)
  • Miss Leslie's Directions for Cookery (1851)
  • What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking (1881)

We may live in the age of the internet, but you can bet Epicurious won't have the recipes for Colonial favorites like spruce beer and Indian slapjacks.

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Sara Kate is the founding editor of The Kitchn. She co-founded the site in 2005 and has since written three cookbooks. She is most recently the co-author of The Kitchn Cookbook, to be published in October 2014 by Clarkson Potter.

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