In what year was the first cookbook published in the Bay Area by an African-American? 

  1. 1965

  2. 1910

  3. 1881

The answer is 1881. What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, Soups, Pickles, Preserves, Etc. was published in San Francisco by former slave Abby Fisher, who dictated the recipes. Abby C. Fisher was 48 years old in 1880, living at 207 1/2 Second Street in San Francisco. More here from Celia Sack of Omnivore Books