Cookery at Glen Haven

Christine_Terhune_Herrick-1893

Among the famous visitors to Glen Haven was Christine Terhune Herrick, an author of books on housekeeping and cookery, including Housekeeping Made Easy (1888), Liberal Living Upon Narrow Means (1890), The Expert Maid-Servant (1904) and Feed the Brute (1926), which she co-authored with Marjorie Swift, and in which we learn:

“The well-fed man is a happy man–and a very easily ‘managed’ one too. And since we women know that to maintain harmony, every man, however clever, however efficient, however charming, must be ‘managed,’ let us feed him well first and manage him afterwards.”

Mrs. Herrick’s Chafing-Dish Suppers (1894) was the book du jour when she visited Glen Haven in August of 1899 and gave a cooking demonstration, a la Julia Child. The Syracuse Post-Standard reported:

“Wednesday morning the guests were privileged to listen to Mrs. Christine Terhune Herrick, who has made an enviable reputation as a demonstrator of the possibilities of the chafing dish. Mrs. Herrick is possessed of a fine presence, and the easy conversational style of her lectures, added to the grace with which she presides at the chafing dish, makes her demonstrations most delightful.

“As the test of the pudding is in the eating of it, all present were invited to partake of the dainty dishes prepared, and the frequent exclamation, ‘How delicious,’ was a proof of the excellent flavor of the creamed chicken, cheese fondue and other dishes served. The patrons of the library are rejoicing in the receipt from Mrs. Herrick of the entire proceeds of the lecture.”

One can imagine her introducing her talk with these words from The Chafing-Dish Supper:

“For a long time the man or woman – it was usually a man – who achieved a successful product in the chafing-dish was regarded by the uninitiated as hardly second to a magician of the Middle Ages. But we have changed all that!”

Not to be confined, Mrs. Herrick stepped out of the kitchen to edit The Lewis Carroll Birthday Book (1905), with a Carroll quotation for each day of the year, and in 1924 she edited a collection of letters by the Duke of Wellington written to “Miss J,” with selections from Miss J’s diary. In all, she wrote more than 30 books. Such production ran in the family; her mother, Mary Virginia Terhune, who wrote as ‘Marion Harland,’ produced 20 novels and an equal volume of non-fiction. And Christine’s brother was Albert Payson Terhune, author of Lad, A Dog (1919), and known as the world’s most famous author of dog stories.

Christine Terhune Herrick died in 1944, leaving a legacy of tasty suppers and well-managed men.

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