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On This Day in Herstory, August 23rd 1902, Fannie Farmer opened Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston; this school was established to train housewives in cooking as opposed to traditional cooking schools that only taught professional chefs, teachers, or servants.
Formidable Female Fact: Farmer is best known for being an American cooking expert, and author of the acclaimed Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Her cookbook, is often considered to be the greatest American cookbook, it was written over 120 years ago and revolutionized cooking as we know it.
The idea was simple, and very innovative; standardizing the measuring tools used in the cooking process ensures that the recipes turn out great every time; whether you’re an amateur or a professional, the results will be the same. The cookbook gave very simple instructions but left nothing to the user’s devices, the cookbook included everything from boiling an egg, to dressing and cleaning poultry.