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The Great Whoopie Pie Controversy

Did the Whoopie Pie originate in New England or Pennsylvania? New England claims the treat as its own, while Pennsylvania argues the Whoopie Pie was first a product of Amish farm kitchens. Food historians may never find the answer, though ...

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Was Fannie Farmer a Good Cook?

When Fannie Farmer approached Little, Brown & Co., to publish her cookbook in 1896, the company made her pay for printing the first 3,000 copies. Little, Brown’s decision made Fannie Farmer rich, since she kept the copyright for the enormously ...

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Clam Chowder the Jacques Pepin (and HoJo’s) Way

In his delightful autobiography, The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen, Jacques Pepin describes his years working at Howard Johnson’s. He deeply admired Howard Johnson, who he called "charismatic, powerful and soft-spoken," a straightforward businessman open to new ideas. Pepin ...

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