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The American Girls Cookbook was a cookbook focusing on three Historical Characters: Kirsten Larson, Samantha Parkington, and Molly McIntire. It was released in 1990 and retired in 1994, and was also part of the Portfolios of Pastimes collection.


The cookbook was spiral-bound with a very hard back behind the back cover allowing the book to lay flat and fold the back cover back. A clear sheet was included, presumably to place over the page to prevent debris on the pages while cooking.

The book divided the meals into Kirsten's Breakfast, Samantha's Dinner, and Molly's Lunch. The introduction mostly discussed the variations of kitchens, food preparation, and how meals were served in each era. There were also cooking tips, written as directed towards a child cooking with her mother.

There was a photograph with a young girl, dressed to resemble the character, at the meal with the mentioned foods. The section opened with an account of how the character would have gone about setting up the meal, kitchen prep in the era, cooking methods, serving the meal discussed, and setting the table.

In the margin, facts about food preparation and consumption were included in each character's section.

The book was discontinued in 1994 as by then cookbooks for other Historical Characters had been released.


Kirsten's Breakfast

  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • Swedish Rice Porridge
  • Round Rye Bread
  • Homemade Butter
  • Ginger Cookies

Samantha's Dinner

  • Cream of Carrot Soup
  • Salmon with Lemon Butter
  • Roasted Beef Tenderloin
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Corn Oysters
  • French Salad
  • Ice Cream Snowballs

Molly's Lunch

  • Deviled Eggs
  • Victory Garden Vegetable Soup
  • Sandwiches
  • Carrot Curls and Celery Fans
  • Applesauce Cupcakes

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