I was wandering about a second hand store and I found a rough copy of Fannie Farmer's cookbook. It reminded me of my mother as she had one years ago. I decided to not buy this copy as its pages were a bit gummy (yikes!). Instead, I checked Amazon and found a brand new copy that was on sale.
The cookbook arrived today and I am enjoying reading the recipes and techniques that Fannie Farmer suggests. I was very curious about Fannie Farmer. Who was she?
Fannie Farmer was born on 23 March 1857 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, to Mary Watson Merritt and John Franklin Farmer, an editor and printer. Although she was the oldest of four daughters, born in a family that highly valued education and that expected young Fannie to go to college, she suffered a paralytic stroke at the age of 16 while attending Medford High School. Fannie could not continue her formal academic education; for several years, she was unable to walk and remained in her parents' care at home. During this time, Farmer took up cooking, eventually turning her mother's home into a boarding house that developed a reputation for the quality of the meals it served.
At the age of 30, Farmer, now walking (but with a substantial limp that never left her), enrolled in the Boston Cooking School at the suggestion of Mrs. Charles Shaw. Farmer trained at the school until 1889 during the height of the domestic science movement, learning what were then considered the most critical elements of the science, including nutrition and diet for the well, convalescent cookery, techniques of cleaning and sanitation, chemical analysis of food, techniques of cooking and baking, and household management. Farmer was considered one of the school's top students. She was then kept on as assistant to the director. In 1891, she took the position of school principal.(from Wikipedia)
I have heard a homemaker referred to as a Domestic Engineer but not a Domestic Scientist before.
I like that!
Do you have a Fannie Farmer cookbook in your cookbook collection?