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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 fales.library@nyu.edu at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.473