Elizabeth Black Kander was born May 28, 1858, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended the East Side High School after which she began working to serve local people in need. She founded the Settlement House that taught young Milwaukee girls to keep house and cook. In 1901 the first edition of the Settlement Cookbook by Elizabeth Black Kander was printed. It was so popular that over 30 editions have been printed over the years containing additional recipes and information.
Every winter Wisconsin Energy/Electric Company prints The Cookie Book : Celebrating The Tradition of Cooking and Conserving Energy. These recipe books have been published since 1929 and can be used year round. One of many curious things to see is in the 1935 edition where there is an illustration of a "new electric health kitchen... one that every home loving woman will enjoy."
Also available for viewing is the Breta Griem Recipe Collection which contains the recipes from the WTMJ TV cooking show "What's New in the Kitchen." This program ran from 1949-1962. The Breta Griem Recipe Collection showcases pamphlets from that time, hand written recipes and published booklets. The image here is only one of many recipes to see.
If you are interested in finding a delicious recipe or historic cooking information in any of these collections, call the Art, Music and Recreation Department at 414-286-3071 to arrange a visit.
Pat DeFrain, Rare Books Librarian @ MPL Central