Head of the Table: Remembering Marion Cunningham

American culinary icon Marion Cunningham—who passed away yesterday at age 90—will be remembered for many things. For working as James Beard’s assistant. Revising the Fannie Farmer cookbook. Advocating home-cooking. Winning the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. And, of course, for making the most delicious raised waffles around.

Deemed the "mother of American cooking" by former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl, Cunningham didn’t enter the culinary world until age 50. After struggling with agoraphobia, she found comfort in a James Beard cooking class after which she became Beard's assistant. Since then, Cunningham dedicated her life to leading American families back into the kitchen and around table. She knew home cooking was more than just sustenance but about learning manners, life lessons, talking and sharing traditions.

In honor of her work and sharing family time, click here for Marion Cunningham’s Raised Waffles Recipe.

Photo courtesy of Laura D'art