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The fabulous Fannie Farmer : kitchen scientist and America's cook  Cover Image Book Book

The fabulous Fannie Farmer : kitchen scientist and America's cook / Emma Bland Smith ; pictures by Susan Reagan.

Smith, Emma Bland, (author.). Reagan, Susan, (illustrator.).


"When Fannie Farmer learned to cook in the late 1800s, recipes could be pretty silly. They might call for "a goodly amount of salt" or "a lump of butter" or "a suspicion of nutmeg." Girls were supposed to use their "feminine instincts" in the kitchen (or maybe just guess). Despite this problem, Fannie loved cooking, so when polio prevented her from going to college, she became a teacher at the Boston Cooking School. Unlike her mother or earlier cookbook writers, Fannie didn't believe in feminine instincts. To her, cooking was a science. She'd noticed that precise measurements and specific instructions ensured that cakes rose instead of flopped and doughnuts fried instead of burned. Students liked Fannie's approach so much that she wrote a cookbook. Despite skepticism from publishers, Fannie's book was a recipe for success"--Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781635926125
  • ISBN: 1635926122
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, [2024]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Bonus! 2 recipes inside!"--Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Farmer, Fannie Merritt, 1857-1915 > Juvenile literature.
Miss Farmer's School of Cookery > Juvenile literature.
Women cooks > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Cooks > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Cooking, American > History > 19th century > Juvenile literature.
Farmer, Fannie Merritt, 1857-1915.
Miss Farmer's School of Cookery.
Women cooks.
Cooking, American > History > 19th century.
Women > Biography.
Women cooks > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Cooks > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Picture books.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Branch District Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Algansee Branch J 921 FARMER, FANNIE (Text) 35402423988150 Juvenile Non-fiction Available -

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