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Grave of Mary Randolph at Arlington National Cemetery.
Mary (Randolph) Randolph
Born Mary Randolph
(1762-08-09)August 9, 1762
"Ampthill Plantation" near Richmond, Virginia
Died January 23, 1828(1828-01-23) (aged 65)
Washington, D. C.
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) David Meade Randolph
Children Richard, William Beverly,
David Meade, Burwell Starke
Parent(s) Thomas Mann Randolph
Anne (Cary) Randolph

Mary Randolph (1762–1828) was an American author, known for writing The Virginia House-Wife; Or, Methodical Cook (1824),[1] one of the most influential housekeeping and cook books of the nineteenth century.


Randolph was born at Ampthill[2] on August 9, 1762, the daughter of Thomas Mann Randolph (1741–1794), a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776 and descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, and his first wife, Anne Cary Randolph (1745–1789). The eldest of thirteen, her siblings included Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (1768–1828) son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson and Governor of Virginia, and the writer Virginia Randolph Cary (1786–1852).[3]

In December 1780 she married a cousin, David Meade Randolph (1760–1830) and they would have eight children, four survived into adulthood. Initially they lived at "Presqu'Ile," his plantation in Chesterfield County, Virginia, but built "Moldavia," a mansion in Richmond, Virginia in 1798. Due to their financial situation, the Randolphs were forced to sell their home in 1804 and by 1808 were operating a boarding house in Richmond.[4]

In 1819 they moved to Washington, D. C. where she wrote the book, first published in 1824, and would die on January 23, 1828. She was buried by Arlington House, home of her cousin Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife of George Washington's adopted son George Washington Parke Custis at what became Arlington National Cemetery.[5]

The Virginia House-Wife[edit]

Randolph's influential housekeeping book The Virginia House-Wife (1824) went through many editions until the 1860s. Randolph tried to improve women's lives by limiting the time and money they had to spend in their kitchens. The Virginia House-Wife included many inexpensive ingredients that anyone could purchase to make impressive meals. Besides popularizing the use of more than 40 vegetables, Randolph's book also introduced to the Southern public dishes from abroad, such as gazpacho, boldly calling for "poisonous" tomatoes in her Spanish-based recipes.[6]

In 2009 Randolph was posthumously honored as one of the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Women in History".[7]

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Cape Gazette

Cape Gazette
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:56:15 -0800

It would have resembled the dish described by Mary Randolph in her cookbook, The Virginia Housewife. She directs the cook to boil macaroni sheets and layer pieces in a baking dish with cheese and butter and then place it in an oven until browned.

Press Herald

Press Herald
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:01:32 -0800

I found some recipes I wanted to cook, especially in Mary Randolph's “The Virginia Housewife,” considered the first regional and the first southern cookbook. Randolph introduced the rest of America to the delights of okra and catfish – even though she ...

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:06:01 -0800

Maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average, he is still undecided on a college, but has already been accepted at St. Mary's, Randolph Macon and Salisbury. What has been the key to the continued success this season? This season, all our returning players ...

Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 08:41:15 -0800

While undergraduates at William & Mary, Randolph and Robert Taylor disagreed about which syllable to stress in the word “omnipotent.” Randolph—“a stickler for correct orthoepy,” according to his 1922 biographer William Cabell Bruce—wounded Taylor's ...


Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:14:52 -0800

Recipes for preserved lemons appear in 18th and early 19th century cookbooks in America (Mary Randolph's 1824 Virginia cookbook) and in England. One finds preserved lemons most commonly in Moroccan Chicken or meat stews. But they work well in ...

The Pilot

The Pilot
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0800

Colleen Kelley said her experiences at St. Mary Parish in Randolph helped her grieve the loss of her brother who died. She became Catholic in 2012 and is pictured with her fiance, Patrick Dugan. Pilot photo/courtesy Colleen Kelley ...
Washington Post
Mon, 05 May 2014 09:46:51 -0700

Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, designer and longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren. She is the author of "Never Stop to Think... Do I Have a Place for This," "A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of Misspent Life," "For the Love of ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:20:34 -0700

There was a moment in the 1980s when many fashionable Manhattanites decorated their apartments like country houses, furnishing them with patchwork quilts, dried flowers and weathered pie safes. The look was second nature to Mary Randolph Carter, the ...

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