Clara Cannucciari

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Clara Cannucciari
Born Clara Bonfanti
August 18, 1915
Melrose Park, Illinois, U.S.
Died November 29, 2013(2013-11-29) (aged 98)
Skaneateles, New York, U.S.
Occupation Web series host and author
Years active 2007–2011
Children 1

Clara Cannucciari (née Bonfanti; August 18, 1915 – November 29, 2013) was the host of the web series Great Depression Cooking with Clara and author of the book Clara's Kitchen.[1]

Born in Melrose Park, Illinois, on August 18, 1915, Cannucciari went on to live through America's Great Depression.[2] During these difficult times, her freshly emigrated Sicilian American parents (Giuseppe and Giuseppina Bonfanti) were hit especially hard by America's economic woes. Clara's mother found inventive ways to stretch the family's meals and they emerged from the Depression safe and healthy.

In 2007, her grandson Christopher Cannucciari began filming Clara preparing her mother's Depression meals and assembled the footage into the YouTube series Great Depression Cooking with Clara.[3][4][5] She retired shortly after her 96th birthday and her last video was posted on November 10, 2013 (Twice Baked Potato).


Cannucciari died November 29, 2013, aged 98. She is survived by one son, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ Cazentre, Don (November 3, 2009). "Wit, wisdom and weeds: 94-year-old Internet sensation from Skaneateles publishes a cookbook". The Post-Standard. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Clara (Bonfanti) Cannucciari". The Post-Standard. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ Black, Rosemary (February 7, 2009). "Clara Cannucciari is a YouTube sensation with 'Great Depression Cooking' show". Daily News. Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ Kirst, Sean (March 4, 2009). "Skaneateles grandmother cooks up memories on YouTube". The Post-Standard. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ Enna, Renee (February 28, 2009). "'Great Depression Cooking With Clara' videos are a YouTube sensation". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 

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