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Guide to the Kemstedt-Waller Family Papers MSS.473

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Creator: Waller, James
Creator: Kemstedt, Frederick Herman
Title: Kemstedt-Waller Family Papers
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1912-2011
Dates [bulk]: 1990-2011
Abstract: The Kemstedt-Waller Family Papers consist of a handwritten recipe notebook, written by Frederick Herman Kemstedt, who immigrated from Germany to Baltimore, Maryland around 1912. He worked for many years as a baker for a family-run business, Ervin's Bakery, on North Charles Street. He was known to use only fresh ingredients and refused to use artificial food-color dyes, making his own from fruit extracts. Kemstedt's grandson, James Waller, is the author of the Drinkology book series, the first published in 2003: Drinkology: The Art and Science of the Cocktail, was wildly popular, with a first and second edition published and a revised edition in 2010. He also published  Drinkology Wine: A Guide to the Grape (2005),  Drinkology EATS: A Guide to Bar Food and Cocktail Party Fair (with Romona Ponce, 2006), and  Drinkology Beer: A Book About the Brew (2011). Waller's section of the family papers contains files related to his series of Drinkology books, including publicity, appearances, and clippings. A small selection of restaurant menus and play/event programs collected by Waller are also in this collection.
Quantity: 1 linear feet in 1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box , and 1 custom box
Location: Some materials in this collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.473