A new look for Historic Newton’s newsletter in 2022

Happy 2022! This year, we at Historic Newton have resolved to share more stories from Newton history with all of you. Our redesigned newsletter will appear each month with content such as fun facts about history, links to thought-provoking articles, highlights from our museum collections and archives, or findings from our new research. But you don’t have to wait for the next monthly News. Just visit our Museum Without Walls page anytime to see online exhibits, videos, and more. We’ll still keep you informed on what’s new at the museums with program highlights here and in a second monthly email. We invite you to tell us what you want to know more about or share a history vignette of your own. Just email social@historicnewton.org. We look forward to connecting with you in 2022!

An Extraordinary French Chef

A new food history book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America, names one-time Newton restaurateur and cooking school owner Madeleine Kamman as one of its subjects. Kamman, born near Paris, immigrated to the U.S. and in the 1970s established the Modern Gourmet cooking school and the restaurant Chez La Mere Madeleine in Newton Centre. Though Kamman had a reputation as a demanding teacher, critics adored the restaurant at 81R Union Street. Boston Magazine in 1977 called it “the only truly great restaurant in Boston.” Kamman moved from Newton in the 1980s but continued to teach, write cookbooks, and host a cooking show on PBS. She died in 2018 at the age of 87. 

Watch a clip from her cooking show.