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The Story of the First Cooking School at the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 2:00pm, Yardley resident Becky Diamond will present the story of America’s first cooking school.  In Philadelphia during the first decades of the nineteenth century, a widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Goodfellow, ran a popular bakery and sweet shop.  In addition to catering to Philadelphia’s wealthy families and a reputation of having the finest desserts and sweet dishes in the young country, her business stood out from every other establishment in another way: she ran a small school to learn the art of cooking, the first of its kind in America.

With a background in journalism and library science, Becky Libourel Diamond has had a varied career combining writing and research.  Her first book was published in May 2012, the biography "Mrs.Goodfellow: The Story of America's First Cooking School."  Becky says that in today's world of food obsession, heralding fresh and local ingredients is not such a new trend; Mrs. Goodfellow was doing it two hundred years ago. 

The program will begin at 2:00pm at the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library, 1080 Edgewood Road in Yardley.  Seating is limited, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library, a dedicated group of residents who believe an excellent library is an essential community asset that reinforces lifelong learning and provides access to information for all.

The Story of the First Cooking School at the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 2:00pm, Yardley resident Becky Diamond will present the story of America’s first cooking school.  In Philadelphia during the first decades of the nineteenth century, a widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Goodfellow, ran a popular bakery and sweet shop.  In addition to catering to Philadelphia’s wealthy families and a reputation of having the finest desserts and sweet dishes in the young country, her business stood out from every other establishment in another way: she ran a small school to learn the art of cooking, the first of its kind in America.

With a background in journalism and library science, Becky Libourel Diamond has had a varied career combining writing and research.  Her first book was published in May 2012, the biography "Mrs.Goodfellow: The Story of America's First Cooking School."  Becky says that in today's world of food obsession, heralding fresh and local ingredients is not such a new trend; Mrs. Goodfellow was doing it two hundred years ago. 

The program will begin at 2:00pm at the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library, 1080 Edgewood Road in Yardley.  Seating is limited, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library, a dedicated group of residents who believe an excellent library is an essential community asset that reinforces lifelong learning and provides access to information for all.

 
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