January 7th, 2009

kevinkellme

Happy Birthday, Fannie Farmer Cookbook

More precisely, The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook, first published on this date in 1896. Notable because it was one of the first cookbooks to use accurate measurements in its recipes.

Got a good recipe, or recipe site, or cookbook, to recommend? My current fave is, of course, Cook's Illustrated.

ETA: I got this nugget from Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, but rdmaughan is correct: The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook was not the first to use accurate measurements. Dunno if it's absolutely the first, but Isabella Beeton's The Book of Household Management was serialized in a Paris magazine starting in 1859 and published in book form in 1861, when Fannie Farmer was only four years old.