March 25, 2012

Mary Frances here. The Mary Frances Cook Book is my first book. It was written in 1912—and here it is 2012! My, how time flies! This is the story of my adventures among the Kitchen People. It all started one day when Mother wasn’t feeling well and I wanted to fix her a snack. I didn’t know how to cook, but I thought I’d try my best. When I went into the kitchen, I wished I had help—and suddenly I heard voices. It was the kitchen utensils! They came to life—and had names such as Tea Kettle, Toaster Man and Boiler Pan.

Three Kitchen People

They helped me make the best Milk Toast that Mother said she had ever eaten, and that was just the beginning. For 3 weeks, my kitchen was the most delightful fairyland of cooking adventures with the dearest friends a girl could ever hope to have. I counted 28 Kitchen People in all! Some days I’d jump out of bed early and sneak to the kitchen, I was so anxious to get started! By the end of our time together, I had made meat, egg and vegetable dishes, plus custard, cookies, candies, and cakes. I made breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert—and learned how to cook—just as you will learn by reading my story and following along with the recipes in my book.

The Mary Frances Cook Book 100th Anniversary Edition has some new surprises. You will appreciate that it contains cooking temperatures for present-day ovens. You see, we used coal stoves back in 1912 and they didn’t have temperature controls. It also has patterns to make the cutest apron with a ruffly edge and a cooking cap—just like the ones Aunt Maria gave me! Mine were white, but you can use any fabric you like.

  Apron and Cooking Cap


I loved learning to cook, and I know you will love it too!

The Mary Frances Cook Book 100th Anniversary Edition at

(Click on the cover to go to