Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements

Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements


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Marcia enjoys being her mother's helper, so she's hurt when Mother hires Fannie Farmer to prepare family's meals. But sure enough Fannie's charm (and griddle cakes!) win Marcia over, and she finds herself cooking up delights she never thought possible!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689869976
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 482,442
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 9 Years

About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and Apples to Oregon, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night. She lives in Oregon. Visit her on the Web at

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Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fannie in the Kitchen is told from the perspective of Marcia, the young daughter of the Shaws, who hire Fannie Farmer as a "mother's helper" to help out in the kitchen now that Mrs. Shaw is expecting her second child. Young Marcia is at first bummed about being replaced as her mother's helper, but she quickly shines to Fannie when she realizes how good her food is and that Fannie is more than willing to teach Marcia how to become a good chef also. It is these impromptu cooking lessons that inspire Fannie to write down her recipes with their exact measurements, eventually leading to her publishing the first cookbook to do so. The story is lively, with Marcia presented as an identifiable character for young children (despite the difference of many, many years from her childhood to now) and Fannie as a sweet and likable character as well. Each short section is presented as a "course," as in a fancy multi-part meal. The illustrations are delightful, full of color and fun details. As a cat owner, I particularly loved finding what the family cat was up to each in part, whether it was curled up cozily at Fannie's feet or looking glum with an errant griddle cake landing on his head. The book ends with a note explaining the historical basis for the story as well as an actual recipe from Fannie Farmer - for her griddle cakes (aka pancakes).
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An introduction to the life of Fannie Farmer, the author of a cookbook well-known even today.Pair with books on other chefs:the Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer by Ann Arnold
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl 'Marcia' that was her mothers helper, but Marcia's mom was pregnat & a girl named Fannie was going to cook for Marcia's mom. When Fannie arrived Marcia didn't like Fannie but time passed & Marcia liked Fannie because Marcia's mom spended alot of time with the baby so Marcia spended alot of time with Fannie in the kitchen. I recomend this book because it can really inspire you to be a chef & cook really delicious meals, because the story has deatiles about how delicious Fannies meals were for example it says that her mashed potatos were flufier than clouds & blueberry pies were sweeter than a summer sky that made me want to eat mashed potatos and pies, so if this book recomendation can convince you to cook get your apron & start cooking!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful children's book that will appeal to adults, too. It's historical fiction about the real Fannie Farmer. The illustrations are warm and humorous. If your kids like to cook, this is the book for you!