Independence Cake: A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History Is Unfortunately Unknown
Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Giselle Potter (Random House/Schwartz & Wade)
Hopkinson serves up a historical picture book inspired by Amelia Simmons, author of the first American cookbook. This 18th-century tale follows orphan Simmons from her stint as a housemaid to the baking of her confectionary tribute for President Washington.