By Eliza Leslie. Leslie was the most prolific 19th century American cookbook author and the most important cooking authority in the first half of the 19th century. She had attended Mrs. Elizabeth Goodfellow’s Cooking School (believed to have been the first cooking school in America) and was its best known graduate. The success of her first cookbook, Seventy-Five Receipts, encouraged her to devote the remainder of her career to writing books. Her cookbooks were the most successful of these and brought the greatest financial rewards. Facsimile reprent. 88 pages. Softcover.