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Lizzie Black Kander

With her typical ingenuity, Lizzie Black Kander turned the recipe book she made for a cooking class for new immigrants into a two-million-copy bestseller. Kander founded the Milwaukee Jewish Mission, called “the Settlement,” in 1896 as a base for vocational training, education, and entertainment for the poor and for new immigrants, serving as president for two decades. She was known for her creative problem-solving skills—in one case, she used steam from a local brewery to heat water for community bathing facilities. In 1901, denied the funds she needed to print recipes for a cooking class, Kander got funding from local businesses and printed a thousand copies of The Settlement Cook Book: The Way to a Man’s Heart, selling the extra copies off for fifty cents each. The book went through twenty-three editions, and Kander used the profits to fund two new community centers. She also served on the Milwaukee School Board and helped establish the Girls Technical High School and a nursery school. In 1939, Wisconsin honored her as one of the state’s outstanding women.

"The Settlement Cookbook," by Lizzie Black Kander
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The Settlement Cookbook, by Lizzie Black Kander.
Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Date of Birth
May 28, 1858
Place of Birth
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date of Death
July 24, 1940

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lizzie Black Kander." (Viewed on January 18, 2018) <>.


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