Ellie Henderson. Photo courtesy the author.
Henderson, who cooked at the famed Frank Lloyd Wright house
Fallingwater outside Pittsburgh, turned one hundred on September 7.
Ms. Henderson worked for Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann, the Pittsburgh
department store magnates, and later their son Edgar jr. (he preferred
that jr. not be capitalized) for more than 15 years. Asked what
contributed to her longevity, she said simply: “Good food.”
Ms. Henderson’s kitchen was a hub of activity at the unique
Fallingwater house, hailed as the most significant private residential
structure in the United States
Author Suzanne Martinson tells the story of Ms. Henderson and shares her recipes in The Fallingwater Cookbook: Elsie Henderson’s Recipes and Memories (with the late Jane Citron and chef Robert Sendall; University of Pittsburgh Press).