Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook

Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook

by Christopher Kimball

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Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook by Christopher Kimball

In the mid-1990s, Chris Kimball moved into an 1859 Victorian townhouse on the South End of Boston and, as he became accustomed to the quirks and peculiarities of the house and neighborhood, he began to wonder what it was like to live and cook in that era. In particular, he became fascinated with Fannie Farmer's Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. Published in 1896, it was the best-selling cookbook of its age-full of odd, long-forgotten ingredients, fascinating details about how the recipes were concocted, and some truly amazing dishes (as well as some awful ones).

In Fannie's Last Supper, Kimball describes the experience of re-creating one of Fannie Farmer's amazing menus: a twelve-course Christmas dinner that she served at the end of the century. Kimball immersed himself in composing twenty different recipes-including rissoles, Lobster À l'AmÉricaine, Roast Goose with Chestnut Stuffing and Jus, and Mandarin Cake-with all the inherent difficulties of sourcing unusual animal parts and mastering many now-forgotten techniques, including regulating the heat on a coal cookstove and boiling a calf's head without its turning to mush, all sans food processor or oven thermometer. Kimball's research leads to many hilarious scenes, bizarre tastings, and an incredible armchair experience for any reader interested in food and the Victorian era.

Fannie's Last Supper includes the dishes from the dinner and revised and updated recipes from The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. A culinary thriller. it offers a fresh look at something that most of us take for granted-the American table.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401396299
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 911,651
File size: 415 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chris Kimball founded Cook's Magazine in 1980; it has grown to a paid circulation of 1,000,000. He hosts America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country, which are the top-rated cooking shows on public television, reaching 2 million viewers per week in over 94% of American households. Kimball is a regular contributor to both the Today Show and the CBS Early Show. He has been written up in most major newspapers, many national magazines including The New Yorker and Time, and regularly contributes to NPR's Morning Edition, including doing a regular Thanksgiving segment. He will also host a public radio show on cooking starting in the fall of 2010.

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Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bretton More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for anyone who owns a Fannie Farmer cookbook. It is a fascinating account of the recreation of the last menu in Fannie Farmer's 1896 cook book. The beautiful photographs bring out the sumptuousness of the multi-course meal. It's amazing to realize what care went into the production of a dinner party meal.
CMSN More than 1 year ago
A fun filled, book with an easy to read history on the wonderful world of food and the recreation of a late 19th century kitchen.This is a must have for Fannie Farmer devotees whose cookbooks have been relied upon for over a century.
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NooknMe More than 1 year ago
I loved the combination of culinary history an some great recipes. Definitely worth the price and the read.
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