Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Remembering Edna Staebler

Edna Staebler, whose cookbooks feed my memories as well as my family, passed away yesterday at the age of 100.

The CBC has some details here.

I posted a link to her 100th birthday party here awhile back, along with a tuna recipe. Her Butterscotch Dumplings are also one of the most-Googled recipes that people climb up here looking for.

I think one of the most revealing comments on the local radio reports about her today was that the nursing home where she had spent the last couple of years had to revisit its rules on the number of visitors that residents were allowed. Edna had upwards of 30 people a week come to see her there--some old friends, some looking for autographs, some who just wanted to talk to her.

I met Edna only briefly once or twice, at book signings. But she sent me a really nice note a few years ago, after I'd sent her a long-overdue fan letter. She wrote it in the middle of the night when she was up with a toothache, and she said my letter made her hungry. I still have the letter stuck in my copy of Food That Really Schmecks.

1 comment:

coffeemamma said...

I have that book. I love that book. She will be missed.

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