Historical Highway Marker
Route 10 at 827 (Allied Road)
Born near this spot in Chesterfield County, Mary Randolph is recognized as being the author of the first American regional cookbook, The Virginia Housewife, which was published in 1824. The collection of recipes and cooking tips underwent many reprints.
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"Mary Randolph, a native of Chesterfield County and author of the first American regional cookbook, lived nearby at Presquile Plantation during the last two decades of the 18th century after her marriage to David Meade Randolph in 1782. The couple then moved to Richmond , where Mary Randolph's reputation as cook, hostess, and entrepreneur flourished. They later moved to Washington, D.C. In 1824, she published The Virginia Housewife, an important collection of recipes and advice that has been reprinted many times since. In her book, Mary Randolph revealed not only culinary genius, but also the rich and diverse heritage of early American cuisine." (Erected in 1999.)