Elizabeth O. Hiller

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Elizabeth O. Hiller
Borncirca 1856
DiedAugust 14, 1941(1941-08-14) (aged 84–85)
Occupation(s)chef, cookbook writer
Years active1898–1936
Notable workThe Corn Cook Book

Elizabeth O. Hiller (circa 1856 – August 14, 1941) was a prominent early twentieth-century American author of cookbooks and a professor of culinary arts.[1][2][3]


Hiller attended the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and the Boston Cooking School,[4] graduating in its class of 1898. She was later the principal of the Chicago Domestic Training School,[4] which was located at 53 Dearborn Street in Chicago.[5][6]

In 1905, The Women's Home Companion invited six leading cooking personalities to submit columns with their favorite recipes in a contest to select a new regular columnist. Hiller participated and lost to Fannie Farmer.[7]

She contributed a regular column to the magazine Chef, Steward and Housekeeper,[8] and wrote recipes for the Chicago Tribune[9] which were also published in other newspapers across the United States. She regularly lectured on culinary topics, at shows and expositions,[10] to clubs and societies around the country,[11] and on radio.[12] Her recipe or menu calendars were still being published in the early 1930s.[13][14]

Hiller participated in advertising for various products, including gas ranges[15] and fruited cereal.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Hiller was married to Jackson Hiller. She died on 14 August 1941, aged 85, at the home of a daughter in Park Ridge, Illinois.[9]

Selected works[edit]

  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. The Calendar of Cakes, Fillings and Frostings: Recipes of 365 Different Cakes and Cookies, As Well As Frostings and Fillings. Joliet, Ill: P. F. Volland Company. OCLC 6134998
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners". Chicago: N. K. Fairbank Company, 1915.[17]
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. The Calendar of Luncheons, with 52 Practical Sunday Evening Suppers. 365 Answers to the Daily Question: "What Shall We Have for Luncheon?". Chicago: P. F. Volland & Co, 1916. OCLC 38724263
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. The Calendar of Salads; 365 Answers to the Daily Question: "What Shall We Have for Salad?". New York: P. F. Volland Co, 1916. OCLC 2314741
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. The Calendar of Desserts: 365 Answers to the Daily Question : "What Shall We Have for Dessert.". New York: P. F. Volland & Co, 1916. [1]. OCLC 679360020
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. The Corn Cook Book. Chicago: P. F. Volland Company, 1918. War edition. OCLC 441937808[18]
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. Left-Over Foods and How to Use Them, With Suggestions Regarding the Preservation of Foods in the Home. 1910. OCLC 13343068
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. New Dinners for All Occasions: With Instructions for Formal and Informal Dinner Service. Joliet, Ill: P. F. Volland, 1920. OCLC 6130210
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. The New Calendar of Salads; 365 Answers to the Daily Question: "What Shall We Have for Salad?". Joliet: P. F. Volland Co, 192?. OCLC 767922944.
  • Hiller, Elizabeth O. Your Daily Kitchen Companion. Learn a Little, Save a Little Every Day. Chicago: P.F. Volland Company, 1918. OCLC 38724435[19]


  1. ^ Driver, Elizabeth (2008). Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825-1949. University of Toronto Press. p. 579. ISBN 9780802047908. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ryzon". The Ladies' Home Journal. 34: 36. August 1917.
  3. ^ "Ryzon". The Ladies' Home Journal. 34: 91. March 1917. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Chafing Dish Queen - Mrs. Hiller Teaches Society Folk to Cook Rarebits and Such". Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, the Evening News. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. January 21, 1899. p. 2. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "News and Notes". The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and ... 5: 195. 1900.
  6. ^ "Calendar of Dinners First Edition - Elizabeth O. Hiller - Bauman Rare Books". www.baumanrarebooks.com.
  7. ^ Shapiro, Laura (2009). Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 101. ISBN 978-0520257382. OCLC 1039375155. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "On Our Exchange Table". Domestic Science Monthly. 2–4: 125. 1901.
  9. ^ a b "Obituaries. Mrs. Elizabeth O. Hiller". Chicago Tribune. August 16, 1941. p. 10. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "Corn Cooking Show - Kitchen at National Exposition to Arouse Housewives' Wonder - Expert Cook to Preside". The Atchison Daily Globe. Atchison, Kansas. September 19, 1907. p. 7.
  11. ^ "Cooking School Assured for Twin Cities; The Art of Entertaining". St. Joseph Daily Press. Col. 4 and Col. 6. March 24, 1908. p. 1. Retrieved December 15, 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  12. ^ "Radio. WMAQ, Chicago". The Baltimore Sun. December 18, 1924. p. 8. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Frederick Loeser & Co ad". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 26 November 1926. p. 10. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Canadian Department Stores Ad". The Ottawa Citizen. Col. 8, lower right. January 22, 1932. p. 5. Retrieved December 15, 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  15. ^ "Cooking Lectures at Spokane". Gas Age. 27: 860–861. November 1, 1909. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Fruited Cereal Co. (February 26, 1919). "ENDORSED! By one of the most famous cooks in America!". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. p. 5. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  17. ^ Greene, Bert (July 8, 1987). "Bring back those old time Sunday dinners". Daily News. New York, New York. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  18. ^ Gardner, Jill Anne (May 29, 1983). "A corn cutter is the kind of utensil that can make a tight scrape easy". Chicago Tribune. p. S13: 3. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  19. ^ Pyzik, Anita (2 December 1974). "Housewives Battled War In Kitchen With Patriotic, Conservative Cook Book". Lansing State Journal. Lansing, Michigan. p. D1. Retrieved December 15, 2018.