Iowa Cookbook Collection
Alice Westrum (excerpts from a letter dated 2/13/2001 to D. Shonrock)
was the oldest girl of seven children so I learned to cook at a
very early age. My mother was a wonderful cook and I learned by
watching her. By the times I was 10 years old I had learned to
bake bread and that was the beginning of my love of cooking and
baking. I had saved
many of Mother's recipes while growing up and tried and collected
recipes for 48 years of my married life.
I worked 13 years as head cook at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Boone, Iowa. As I made out menus, I would enlarge my recipes to serve 80-100 or more people. When I retired I decided to put my recipe collection into books so I could save time looking for the right recipe. This is a 60 year old collection and over 1600 recipes. After publishing the first set we decided to make a third book called Great Tastes in Quantity for those who like to cook for large crowds. After retiring my husband and I did a lot of catering for crowds of 100-300 people… Many thanks to my mother - I have enjoyed the art of cooking and baking for 55 years and now it is time to hang up my apron."