Join me on my delicious journey revisiting American home cooking in the era before convenience foods became popular (1919 to 1955), as I bake and cook from old cookbooks and recipe cards of home cooks purchased at estate sales in Akron, Ohio, and other exotic locations.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Bad News from Bay City
Some of you may remember that I had written to them in an attempt to find out more about Mrs. Grace Osborn, author of Cakes of Quality and How to Make Them, published in Bay City, Michigan in 1919. I wrote about her in an earlier post, calling her the Patron Saint of Cakes.
The disappointing news was that Maureen McDermott, the research librarian at the Butterfield Memorial Research Library, was unable to find any information about Mrs. Osborn, who I speculate that, despite her haughty tone, was an impoverished matron attempting to make a living baking cakes and publishing a cookbook.
I won't give up my search for Mrs. Osborn, but I'm not sanguine that I'll find anything much. Meantime, she lives on through her recipes and just today, fellow blogger Sarah Lohman posted about Mrs. Osborn's Puff Cake.
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Try this woman Sue,ReplyDelete
CURATOR OF AMERICAN CULINARY HISTORY
University of Michigan.
Phone: (734) 764-2347
I'm sorry your search didn't reveal more. Such an interesting story! I want to know all about this mysterious woman.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the war cake receipe. HAVE YOU ever made a cake with goat butter?ReplyDelete