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Hopkinson, Deborah

Independence Cake: A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons Whose True History Is Unfortunately Unknown

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Giselle Potter. In Hopkinson's admittedly "made-up tale" based on the female author of American Cookery, the first American cookbook, orphan Amelia Simmons learns to cook from a Patriot townswoman and goes on to bake thirteen cakes served at Washington's inauguration. Entertaining--and informative of Revolutionary-era domesticity--the charming story pairs well with Potter's flattened folk art in watercolor and ink. A historical author's note is appended. Websites.


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