American Cookery

Amelia Simmons's American Cookery (COURTESY CHS / January 14, 2013)

Some of us have gone down that road of pawing through old cookbooks, not only to look for some old fried chicken or pie recipe but also to glimpse how our forebears used to feed themselves and their kinfolk. Head to Cooking by the Book: Amelia Simmons to Martha Stewart, a new exhibit opening on Jan. 18 at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, where you'll gain a new appreciation of the world of pre-Guy-Fieri's-sideburns cooking. It traces changes in cuisine through iconic American cookbooks, including Amelia Simmons's American Cookery (1796, pictured). The opening reception and talk on Jan. 18 features food created from historic recipes. (You'll also want to pencil April 5, the date of a related community potluck, into your smartphone.)


Cooking by the Book: Amelia Simmons to Martha Stewart

Jan. 18-April 13, opening reception and talk Jan. 18, 5-6:30 p.m., Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford, (860) 236-5621,