Poppy Cannon (August 2, 1905 - April 1975) was at various times the food editor of the Ladies Home Journal and House Beautiful, and the author of several 1950s cookbooks. She was an early proponent of convenience food: her books included The Can Opener Cookbook (1951) and The Bride's Cookbook (1954). Other books included The President's Cookbook: Practical Recipes from George Washington to the Present (1968). (According to the family history of her second husband, he was descended from the ninth president.)
Her writing style was distinctive and has been described as "relentless", calling as it does in recipes for such measurements as "a splotch of wine", "a flurry of coconut", or "a great swish of sour cream", and advising readers that they could "rassle a lemon pie in a jiff" with "the new wonderstuff called Clovernook".
She was born in Cape Town as part of a large Lithuanian Jewish community in South Africa; her original name was Lillian Gruskin. Her sister, Anne Fogarty, became a popular fashion designer during the 1950s. Laura Shapiro's 2015 book Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America suggests that the two kept in touch over the years, but were not close.
Poppy Cannon was the first wife of restaurateur Claude Philippe of the Waldorf Astoria New York from 1941 to 1949, with whom she had a daughter, Claudia. She was then the second wife of the NAACP leader Walter Francis White, at a time when such a marriage was viewed as scandalous, not least within the Black community, some of whom viewed White's marriage to a white woman as a betrayal. They married in 1949, and lived together in New York until his death in 1955. She wrote a biography of White, Gentle Knight, published the following year. She died in a fall from the 23rd floor balcony of her apartment at 10 Park Avenue in New York City.
- Laura Shapiro. Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America, Viking, 2004.
- Walter Francis White and Poppy Cannon Papers. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
- http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B07E3DF1538F93BA25757C0A9629C8B63—contains birth date
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