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Fritz, Angela "Lizzie Black Kander & culinary reform in Milwaukee, 1880-1920"


Culinary Reform in Milwaukee, 1880–1920: This article focuses on the charitable work of Lizzie Black Kander (1858 - 1940), whose primary mission was the Americanization of Russian-Jewish immigrants in Milwaukee at the turn of the 20th century. According to the author, Kander intentionally used culinary practices to introduce immigrant women to American consumer culture and help them assimilate, even discouraging immigrants from maintaining their native cooking and customs. Her efforts culminated in the Settlement, later the Jefferson House, where classes on the domestic arts were taught. To help finance it, Kander published the “The Settlement Cookbook: The Way to a Man’s Heart,” which became a classic that went through forty different editions totaling more than 1.5 million copies. (14 pages)

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Citation: Fritz, Angela "Lizzie Black Kander & culinary reform in Milwaukee, 1880-1920" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 87 /Issue: 3 (2003-2004)

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