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

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Title : Independence Cake : A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History Is Unfortunately Unknown
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ISBN : 0385390173
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 44 pages


Alex rated it ★★★★★

April 27, 2017

There is very little known about Amelia Simmons, author of America's first cookbook, American Cookery published in 1796. On the title page, she described herself as An American Orphan. Based on what is not known about Amelia Simmons, author Deborah Hopkinson has written as picture book in which s...

Barbara rated it ★★★☆☆

May 20, 2017

This picture book about an unlikely heroine during colonial times puts the lie to history being boring. Although the author admits to taking liberties with the story since very little is known about its subject, Amelia Simmons, the woman who wrote the first cookbook in the new nation back in 1796...

Cindy rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

Hopkinson, Deborah Independence Cake : A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons whose true history is unfortunately unknown, illustrated by Giselle Potter PICTURE BOOK. Schwartz & Wade (Random House) 2017. $17.99. Content: G. I had a difficult time deciding how I felt about this...

Erin rated it ★★★☆☆

May 26, 2017

I wanted to like this more than I did, and I think my hang-up was the fictional nature of the book. Not that the author had much choice, since there's little to no source materials, and the story itself was just fine. But I really, really.... really wanted a trueish story about Amelia Simmons. Th...

Cynthia rated it ★★★★★

September 14, 2017

Though there really was an Amelia Simmons who authored the very first American cookbook, little is known about her life, other than the fact that she lived during Revolutionary times. Orphaned when her soldier father was lost in the war for independence and her widowed mother died of smallpox, Am...

Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

June 19, 2017

Amelia Simmons wrote the first American cookbook. That’s really all we know about her. Hopkins and Giselle have put together a fictional story of what her life may have been like: orphaned, taken on by a widow with several children and expected to do a lot of chores to earn her keep. Especially t...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

July 03, 2017

There really was an Amelia Simmons. She was an orphan in the first days of our country and lived in the time of the inauguration of President George Washington. Her name is given as the author of the first American-made cookbook. But after that, Deborah Hopkinson uses her imagination about Amelia...

Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

July 25, 2017

This was a book that had a great premise but could have been better. Not much is known about Amelia Simmons, the author of the first published cookbook in America. Independence Cake tries to build a story on what her life may have been like based on what little we do know. Sometimes this works, e...

Read rated it ★★★★☆

May 16, 2017

Hopkinson adds to her interesting collection of fictionalized biographies by telling a reasonable story for real revolutionary cookbook author Amelia Simmons. Amelia must ave decided it was important to start recording American recipes for the newly formed country when surrounded by only cookbook...

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

July 12, 2017

This is a completely made up story about Amelia Simmons, who did herself exist, and did write the First American Cookbook. However, nothing about her, besides her authorship is known. • In the story she learns to bake so well that she bakes the cakes to commemorate George Washington's inauguration....

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