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.


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]


  • 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


  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, 
  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