Finding an Old Treasure

I’ve mentioned several times that Cooking for Christ is my favorite cookbook, especially in my liturgical year cookbooks.

I do believe that cookbook was the first of its kind in America. I have searched and searched and haven’t found an American cookbook on Liturgical Year cooking that predates 1949.

I have run across mention and quotes from Florence Berger in other Catholic materials, such as the National Liturgical Week of 1952, discussing the implementation of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening, instead of the morning.

I often wonder what has happened to this author. Where are her children? Did everyone remain Catholics and faithful, especially during the turbulent 60s? I haven’t come across any answers on the Internet. I search for her name, Florence Berger, Florence S. Berger, Florence Elizabeth (Sudhoff) Berger, Mrs. Alfred Berger who lived from 1909 to 1983….not much. I did find an ancestry page. But I’m not sure if these really apply. I do know her husband’s name was Alfred, she had 5 children, and some were mentioned in the book.

Today I found a delightful online reprint of an article from Time dated September 19, 1949, entitled: Christ in the Kitchen. This was a kind of press release for the book before it hit the bookstores. It’s enjoyable to read, as it brings the author more to life of her more happier times.

And it intensified my enjoyment of this invaluable treasure even more.

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