History & Celebrations Today – March 23

Celebrations Today – March 23

Holidays and observances

Celebrations Today – USA: March 23

National Chia Day
National Chip and Dip Day
National Near Miss Day
National Melba Toast Day
National Puppy Day – Typically celebrated  on March 23rd,  however observed on a Friday or Monday when falling on a weekend
National As Young as You Feel Day
National Goof-off Day
National Sing Out Day
World Water Day

Today in US History: March 23

The Art of Cooking

Cakes in Bakery, Schrafft’s, Madison Avenue and 58th Street, New York City,
Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer, January 30, 1948.
Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America

Born on March 23, 1857, Bostonian Fannie Merritt Farmer significantly influenced the way Americans cook. By standardizing measurements in her recipes, Farmer guaranteed her readers reliable results. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook became a classic kitchen text. Now in its thirteenth edition, the cookbook remains a popular home cooking reference.

While a young woman, Farmer enrolled in the Boston Cooking School. After graduating in 1889, she became assistant director of the school. Within five years Farmer was at the helm, and, in 1896, she published the first edition of the Boston Cooking School Cookbook, today known as Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

Preparing and eating food is an essential part of our culture. In American Life Histories, 1936-1940, many interviewees discuss memorable recipes, meals, and foodways. Mary Anne Meehan, an American of Irish descent, made her living as a cook. She recalled the foodways of her youth:

I always was cooking. I can’t remember when I didn’t know how. My mother was a corking cook. She could boil a ten-penny nail and make it taste good. I took after her. I could make cakes, light as a feather and I was a master hand at pie crusts. My tart shells would melt in your mouth; if I do say it myself. Everybody made jelly then and tarts was a favorite dessert. You never see a tart nowadays.”Mary Anne Meehan,” Brookfield, Massachusetts, June 10, 1939.
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940

Kitchen Utensils
Kitchen Utensils and Spices, between 1941 and 1945.
AMerica from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935, 1945

To learn more about cooking in America:

Today in History – March 23-External Links

Today’s Weather in History
Today in Earthquake History
This Day in Naval History
Today’s Document from the National Archives
Today’s Events, Births & Deaths –Wikipedia
Today in History by AP
On this Day -1950 to 2005 – Today’s Story–BBC
On This Day: The New York Times
This Day in History –History.com
Today in Canadian History – Canada Channel
History of Britain that took place On This Day
Russia in History –Russiapedia