For anyone interested in colonial American cooking this is your first stop. Thouth not an American cookbook it was the biggest selling and most popular recipet book in the colonies. It is the book from which so many of the other period cookbooks emerged so why go anyplace else? Though it may not be all that easy to understand for the casual reader it will give you an amazing sense of a different time period and what foodways were like 200+ years ago. For the non-foodways historian you'll be amazed how different even the recipes themselves are: little to no measurements, length of cooking, intensity of heat but after you start to read through it you'll realize that many of the foods seem familiar. And you though French Toast was a modern invention! For those true historians it is the bible of the foodways- a great reference and a great standard in which to judge other foodway works.