Jane Nickerson: First Food Edtor at The New York Times

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  • By 1953, Jane Nickerson reported (in the New York Times, 25 January 1953) that the Drake Hotel, the Sherry-Netherland Hotel and the Colony Restaurant were all claiming to have the best Steak Diane, though Nino went further and claimed to have introduced it to the United States. In the same article, she gave the Colony's recipe which included butter, salt, pepper, chives, Worcestershire sauce -- but no alcohol or mustard.Read more: http://www.cooksinfo.com/steak-diane#ixzz2CE3gqXvN
  • Adding vitamins to ice cream & USDA studies
  • Like other reporters, Nickerson was captivated by the Food-O-Mat “that dispenses packaged groceries with neat economy from a rack of sloping shelves.  The items the Food-O-Mat displays in about 108 feet would require 500 feet of ordinary shelf room.” (1948)
  • 13 December 1949,
  • Jane Nickerson: First Food Edtor at The New York Times

    1. 1. The Real Inventorof Food Journalism:The Story Behind the First New York Times Food Writer JaneNickerson and Her Food Section, 1942-1957Dr. Kimberly Voss, Associate ProfessorUniversity of Central Florida
    2. 2. Craig Claiborne’s Biographer:• “Jane Nickerson’s world of canned fish and weekend bargains.”
    3. 3. English/Journalism Degree
    4. 4. New York Times 1942-1957
    5. 5. Florida Cookbook
    6. 6. Lakeland Ledger
    7. 7. Food as Hard & Soft News
    8. 8. Rationing/Self Sacrifice
    9. 9. “Emergency Potatoes”
    10. 10. Food Prices
    11. 11. Mixes
    12. 12. “Eating As It Was Back Then”
    13. 13. “Joy of Cooking” Review
    14. 14. Nutrition & Bread
    15. 15. Grocery Shopping
    16. 16. Radio Programming
    17. 17. Cooking & Gender• Nickerson: “Yesterday the 100 finalists in the Pillsbury National Recipe Contest took over the grand ballroom of the Waldorf- Astoria Hotel, turning a room favored for automobile shows and debutante balls into a fragrant, friendly kitchen. Results of what Pillsbury termed “the Bake-off” will be announced today at a luncheon on the hotel’s Starlight Roof, when Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt will present nine awards ranging from $500 to $50,000.”
    18. 18. Nickerson’s Legacy
    19. 19. Mimi Sheraton• "Neither I nor any other female food writer I knew was given an interview for his job, no matter her credentials.” – upon Claiborne’s first retirement, 1972

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