Cooking with the Kirschner Collection
Saint Paul native Doris Schechter Kirschner received her first cookbook when she was 17 years old, which sparked a lifelong interest in cooking and recipes. Years later, Kirschner would seek the help of her then-dressmaker and future culinary entrepreneur Leeann Chin to locate hard-to-find ingredients for Chinese dishes.
The 1957 University of Minnesota graduate donated her vast collection of cookbooks, pamphlets, and recipes to the University's Magrath Library in 1985, but now foodies from all over the world can get a glimpse into this special collection, thanks to the new Kirschner Collection blog. One especially poignant post highlights the nearly forty years' worth of Kirschner's menu calendars. About the May 1970 calendar, librarian Megan Kocher writes, "I love the level of activity in this calendar with the arrows pointing all over, the way that May 27th couldn't be contained in one block (looks like there was a party), and that on the 29th 'Jello?' is listed with a question mark and followed by 'Ha.' This is such a fun way to view the life of a family."
Read more at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mkocher/kirschner/