Fannie Farmer Was Born
Rich chocolate cake, chewy oatmeal cookies,
savory meatloaf, spicy cheese dip--if you're ever looking for
one of these recipes, or any number of delicious food creations,
try looking in the Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Born on March 23,
1857, Bostonian Fannie Merritt Farmer greatly influenced the way
Americans cook through her books and instruction. The
Fannie Farmer Cookbook was an immediate classic when it was
published in 1896. Now in its 13th edition, it's still a
popular cookbook. Do you have one in your kitchen? What
makes this cookbook unique?
In her recipes, Farmer gave
exact measurements (like a 1/8 teaspoon of salt instead of a
dash of salt), guaranteeing her readers reliable results.
Recipes were not widely written this way before. She also
originated and perfected recipes at the Boston Cooking School.
She started there as a promising student and quickly became
director of the school. She put together the Fannie Farmer
Cookbook while she was director. Do you like to cook? Fannie
Farmer made it easier.
Even if you don't like to cook,
you probably like to eat. Preparing and eating food is an
essential part of life for everyone, but what people eat, the
way they eat, and with whom can differ tremendously from country
to country and even from table to table. Think about the role of
food in your life and what your food habits say about who you
are. What foods and ways of eating do you think are uniquely
American? Ask your family what they think. The conversation will
probably make you hungry!