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On this day in 1896 The Boston Cooking School Cook Book, by Fannie Farmer was published. This cookbook, which included exact measurements for ingredients, rather than estimates, marked a major event in culinary history. Farmer had suffered a stroke as a teenager and had to quit school. She developed her interest in cooking during her time working as a mother’s helper.

4B-82-DB6_1.7.13Mrs. Mary Herring Lamb of Sampson County, North Carolina made this Tobacco Leaf (alternately, Washington Sidewalk) quilt in 1879 when she was 10 years old using sewing scraps.  Lamb was a homemaker and a home demonstration agent. The record includes this note: “Photo of quiltmaker in her cookbook,” so perhaps she authored a cookbook. Lamb’s niece in-law received the quilt as a gift and documented it during the North Carolina Quilt Project in 1986, eventually donating the quilt to the N.C. Museum of History.

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