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To Miss Prudence Penny1
February 24, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Miss Penny:
I have your letter of February 20th with the clipping from the EXAMINER relative to your visit to March Field.
I read your suggestions and I must agree with you that women have a touch in cooking that is seldom realized by men, particularly by Army cooks. One of our great difficulties at the present time is to see that the excellent food purchased by the Government is given fair treatment in its preparation for the table. This is always a difficult problem with a newly created army in this country where cooking is not the fine art that it is in France, for example. However, with the schools for bakers and cooks, through the valuable assistance we are getting from young men trained in cooking in the CCC, and through very rigorous inspections of the progress that is being made, I think the matter can be handled in a satisfactory fashion. I appreciated your comments and am much interested in your suggestions.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. “Miss Prudence Penny,” home economics editor of the Los Angeles Examiner, toured the Air Corps kitchens at March Field and found “good eating.” In her column she advised parents of soldiers to “stop worrying” about their sons’ diets. To Marshall she wrote: “You face somewhat the same problem we as Home Economists do when trying to teach the new bride, namely, untrained cooks—and we manage to surmount this difficulty. It occurred to me that the Army could do the same.” She then outlined a three-part instructional plan using proven recipes and “a crew of trained women” with a mobile kitchen. (Penny to Marshall, February 20, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 428-429,