Maida Heatter

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Maida Heatter
Born Maida Heatter
Nationality American
Spouse(s) David E Evins
Ellis Gimbel Jr.
Ralph Daniels (until his death)
Children Toni Evins (predeceased)
Parent(s) Sadie Hermalin Heatter
Gabriel Heatter
Family Merrill Heatter (cousin)
Basil Heatter (brother)

Maida Heatter is a pastry chef and cookbook author who specializes in baking and desserts.

Biography[edit]

The daughter of the famous radio commentator Gabriel Heatter, Maida Heatter graduated from New York's Pratt Institute in fashion design and began a career as an illustrator of merchandising, then subsequently switching to jewellery design, and then finally becoming a baker and baking instructor.[1]

Her career as a professional cookbook author began when her skills in dessert making caught the attention of Craig Claiborne, a former food section editor of the New York Times.[1] In part through his numerous endorsements for her [2] and his suggestion to her to write her own cookbook, Heatter began her decades-long career in teaching baking and writing cookbooks.[1]

The quality of her recipes caught the attention of many prominent figures in the trade of cooking and baking,[1] garnering praise from numerous celebrity and media sources.[3] Heatter's cookbooks have been the recipient of three James Beard Foundation Awards, and she herself was inducted into the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 1988. She has also been inducted into the Chocolatier Magazine Hall of Fame.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Heatter has been married thrice. In 1940, she married shoe designer David E. Evins who was also Jewish; they had one daughter before divorcing.[5] In 1949, she married Ellis Gimbel Jr., grandson of Adam Gimbel and brother of Richard Gimbel.[6][7] In 1966, she married Ralph Daniels (died 1994).[8] Her only child, daughter Toni Evins, died in a glider accident in 1994.[7]

Awards[edit]

  • James Beard Foundation Awards[9]
    • 1998 Cookbook Hall of Fame "Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts"
    • 1988 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America
    • 1981 Single Subject Book "MAIDA HEATTER'S BOOK OF GREAT CHOCOLATE DESSERTS"
    • 1978 Specialty Book "MAIDA HEATTER'S BOOK OF GREAT COOKIES"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hobart, Christy, The Queen of Cake, Saveur 
  2. ^ Hesser, Amanda (11 March 2009), 1966: Maida Heatter’s Popovers, New York Times 
  3. ^ The Maida Heatter Classic Library, Cader Books 
  4. ^ Maida Heatter's Biography, starchefs.com 
  5. ^ Nottingham, Leslie L. (2009). "Well Heeled Lifestyles: The Shoes of David Evins and the Women Who Wore Them, 1947-1991" (PDF). The Smithsonian Associates and Corcoran College of Art + Desig. 
  6. ^ "Ellis Gimbel Jr., Stock Broker, 66". New York Times. January 5, 1964. 
  7. ^ a b Hamlin, Suzanne (December 7, 1995). "Cookies A Hallmark For Heatter". New York Times. Before her 29-year marriage to Daniels, she was married to Ellis Gimbel, a scion of the department store family, and to David Evins, the shoe designer. Toni Evins, Heatter's only child and her daughter with Evins, died last year at 45 in a freak glider accident. Daniels died of cancer three months later. 
  8. ^ Sullivan, Barbara (May 2, 1985). "Dessert Still Plays Vital Role in Life of Maida Heatter". Orlando Sentinel. 
  9. ^ JBF Awards, James Beard Foundation