The Story Of America's First Cooking School
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During the first decades of the nineteenth century, Philadelphia widow Elizabeth Goodfellow ran a popular bakery and sweet shop that catered to the city’s wealthy families. She also opened a small cooking school—the first of its kind in America.
Despite her fame, we know very little about who Mrs. Goodfellow was. Drawing on old recipe books, advertisements, letters, diaries, genealogical records, and the invaluable recollections of Eliza Leslie, one of her students, Becky Diamond offers a complete portrait of this influential figure. She begins with Goodfellow’s personal life—her birth in Maryland in 1768, her three marriages, her children, and the opening of her shop at 64 Dock Street. She then explores the kind of foods that would have been available at the time and how Goodfellow may have used them; the advent of commercial eating establishments and cookbooks; the rapid expansion of cooking schools; and the rise of today’s celebrity chefs. Diamond also offers a range of authentic recipes from Mrs. Goodfellow’s cooking school.
Through the story of one innovative woman’s approach to cooking and cooking education, Mrs. Goodfellow offers a fascinating culinary history of America.
Hardcover Book : 288 pages
Publisher: Westholme Publishing ( May 14, 2012 )
Item #: 13-623039
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 19.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)