Jacqui Newling, Paul van Reyk and Alison Vincent
First published in Petit Propos Culinaires 125, April 2023
The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery for the Many, as well as the Upper Ten Thousand – by an Australian Aristologist is usually given the place of Australia’s first published cookery book. The ‘Australian Aristologist’ was Tasmanian politician Edward Abbott and the book was published in London in 1864.
This claim has now been challenged. While doing research on an unrelated topic Paul van Reyk came across a front-page advertisement in the first edition of the Parramatta Chronicle and Cumberland General Advertiser, a four-page broadsheet.