Everybody loves ice cream, and especially, HER ice cream. She made really great ice cream and at the turn of the 20th century, ice cream sure was a luxury item. One that a wealthy family that employed a cook could afford. What the Warren family didn’t know, was that when Mary Mallon made their wonderful peach ice cream in August of 1906 as their recently hired cook for their summer rented house, she gave them something that no one wanted. Typhoid Fever.
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A true story of the deadliest cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti peels back the myths and legends that surround this well known, but little known about, character who shaped much of American lore.
This book gives great insight not only into the time period at the turn of the 20th century, but also how Americans viewed science at the time, the idea of germs and how then, as in now, the rights of a person versus society’s good are hard to determine.
Recommended for 6th grade and up.