Abby Fisher

Abby Fisher (1832?-?) (maiden name unknown—she was married to Alexander C. Fisher) was a former slave and the mother of eleven children. After years of preparing foods in plantation kitchens in South Carolina and Alabama, she gained her freedom and moved to San Francisco, where she and her husband owned and operated a business called Mrs. Abby Fisher & Company and later Mrs. Abby Fisher, Pickle Manufacturer. With the help of writers (Mrs. Fisher could not read or write), she wrote What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc. (1881), the first cookbook written by an African-American woman and by a former slave.

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