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From The CriticsThis delightful book begins with the story of how Fannie Farmer, who was once a mother's helper for the Shaw family, taught young Marcia Shaw how to cook. Farmer comes across as firm but kind as she instructs Marcia on how to make delicious griddle cakes. Her words come directly from her famous cookbook, one of the first with exact directions for measuring and cooking. Illustrations that combine pen-and-ink, watercolor and nineteenth-century engravings lend a Victorian air to the setting and characters. The story concludes with Fannie Farmer's famous griddle cake recipe for readers who are inspired to try cooking.