Fannie Farmer

The Mother of Level Measurements
Birth Name:
Fannie Merritt Farmer
Birth Date:
March 23, 1857
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts
Death Date:
January 15, 1915
Place of Death:
Boston, Massachusetts
Cause of Death:
Complications from a paralytic stroke
Cemetery Name:
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Writers and Poets
American cooking expert, author, and educator Fannie Farmer was an authority in the art of cooking, author of six books about food preparation (including her impressive, highly significant Boston Cooking School Cookbook (1896), of which twenty-one editions were printed before her death) and was the director of the Boston Cooking School. Despite suffering a debilitating stroke at the young age of 16, after 2 years of rehabilitation Miss Farmer became a self-taught culinary expert who continued her passion right up to the end with her final lecture given from a wheelchair 10 days before her passing.

With the publication of “The Boston Cooking School Cookbook” in 1896, Fannie Farmer transformed the way Americans prepared food. Still in print today as “The Fannie Farmer Cookbook,” the book introduced the use of standardized measuring spoons and cups, allowing for a more precise, scientific approach to cooking.  It is one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time. More than 360,000 copies were sold during Farmer’s lifetime. By 1990, four million had sold.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138


North America


Grave Location:

Central Avenue, Plot 206, Space 7

Grave Location Description

From the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Central Avenue, take a leisurely stroll up Central Avenue and after 200 feet you will see the rock monument for Farmer at the intersection of Central Avenue and Geranium Path on your right.

Grave Location GPS

42.37219262, -71.14464456



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