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Marion Cunningham

  • Birth 7 Feb 1922 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 10 Jul 2012 Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 93471227

Author. A popular and prolific food writer, she shall be remembered for her two revisions of the classic "Fanny Farmer Cookbook". Born Marion Enright, she was raised in Southern California and learned to cook from childhood; in 1942 she married attorney Robert Cunningham (deceased 1988) who was serving in the US Marine Corps and moved to San Diego then after the conflict relocated with her family to the Bay Area. Mrs. Cunningham's next decades were spent raising her two children, her travel and outside activities limited by severe agorophobia. Having always enjoyed her time in the kitchen and been praised for her culinary creations, she conquered her fears in 1972 and flew to Oregon to attend a cooking class run by noted chef and writer James Beard who recognized her talent and made her his associate. In the late 1970's, at Beard's suggestion, she was asked to revise the legendary-but-outdated "Fanny Farmer Cookbook" and despite her own reservations produced a best seller with her 1979 edition. Over the next years she travelled the world evaluating restaurants, her ability to move easily between basic American fare and 'haute cuisine' always respected. A frequent contributor to such magazines as "Bon Appetit" and "Gourmet", she penned a number of books including "How to Cook", "The Breakfast Book", and "The Supper Book" and was a pioneer at bringing the kitchen to television with her "Cunningham & Company" which aired on the Food Network for several years. Mrs. Cunningham released a second revision of "Fanny Farmer" in 1990 and received multiple honors including 1993 designation as Grand Dame by Les Dames d'Escoffier and a 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation. Her final years hampered by advancing age and Alzheimer's Disease, she lived out her days in a nursing facility. At her death numerous of her books remained in print.

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  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 12 Jul 2012
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