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Recipes for Success: Lizzie Kander and the Settlement Cookbook

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Milwaukeean Lizzie Kander developed the Settlement Cookbook in 1903 as an outgrowth of her classes to help Jewish immigrant girls learn American-style cooking. The book’s proceeds helped build Milwaukee's first Settlement House, which provided services to poor immigrants, and later Milwaukee’s Jewish Community Center. With forty editions, The Settlement Cookbook has become one of the most successful fundraising cookbooks in history, selling more than two million copies, and becoming a culinary Bible for many Jewish cooks.

Bob Kann with a portrait of Lizzie Kander.   

Bob Kann with a portrait of Lizzie Kander.


Bob Kann, author of A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook, will share stories about Kander, her cookbook, and life growing up Jewish in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Settlement Cookbooks to the presentation and to share their own stories.

Bob Kann has written six biographies for young people for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. He also works as a keynote speaker, trainer, researcher, curriculum developer storyteller, and entertainer. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Program made possible, in part, by Marilyn Dobbs Higuera.

Co-presented by the Culinary Historians of Northern California.