Maria Parloa was a well-known cooking teacher and culinary author as well as the food editor at Good Housekeeping for many years. She established two of her own cooking schools and was also a teacher at the Boston Cooking School. Besides The Appledore Cook Book, Parloa authored Miss Parloa’s New Cook Book, Camp Cookery, Home Economics, and Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper. She was an early pioneer of home economics and was one of the first cooking celebrities to endorse products. She resided throughout the northeastern United States and lived from 1843 to 1909.