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In 1897 Bradley was graduated from the Boston Cooking School; she then taught in Montreal and Ottawa for 3 years. She returned to Boston to take the position of resident dietitian at Massachusetts Homeopathic Hospital (now the Boston University Medical Center); she was the first hospital dietitian in Boston and only the third nationwide. In 1902 Fannie Merritt Farmer opened Miss Farmer's School of Cookery. She invited Bradley to teach there because the school had to offer courses in dietetics for nurses to gain acceptance. The school used two teaching methods: the demonstration lecture, and laboratory work done in small groups in kitchen/classrooms. Bradley taught at the school for nine years, and then taught at the New York School of Cookery for two. When Fannie Merritt Farmer died in 1915, Bradley bought Miss Farmer's School of Cookery from Cora Dexter Perkins, Fannie Merritt Farmer's sister, and became its principal. The curriculum included proper methods of serving food in formal settings, which was practical training for those who wanted to open tearooms or restaurants.
Bradley attained national recognition as a home economist largely through the work she did outside Miss Farmer's School of Cookery. In 1916 she became cooking editor for The Woman's Home Companion, a post she held for twenty years. Her talents were sought by government and private industry: during World War I she was employed by the United States Food Administration as consultant and by the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia as the head of its Nutrition Department. By the end of the war she was writing cook books and manuals of her own, rather than for the government; Bradley wrote more than ten books in 26 years. In 1925 and 1926 she went on a culinary lecture tour of the United States and Europe. In later Years she also ran a "radio school" of cookery, had her own newspaper column, and contributed articles to other newspapers and magazines.
Bradley retired as principal of Miss Farmer's School of Cookery in 1944 and sold the school to Dr. Dana Wallace. She died on November 28, 1946.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Alice Bradley were given to the Schlesinger Library in March 1983 by her sister, Marion Bradley Atwood, via Bertha Ann DeLeon.
- American Cookery (formerly The Boston Cooking School Magazine), January 1921 issue, Vol. XXV, No. 6
- The Woman's Home Companion, May 1925 issue, Vol. II, No. 5
By: Sheila M. Simmons
- Bradley, Alice, 1875-1946. Papers of Alice Bradley, 1893-1980: A Finding Aid
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