Della Lutes was born in 1872 and lived on a farm near Jackson, Michigan until she was sixteen, when she left home to teach school. She eventually became the editor of "American Motherhood," "Today's Housewife," and in 1923 the "Modern Priscilla" magazine. When the publishing firm she worked for went bankrupt during the Great Depression, Della became a freelance writer and produced "The Country Kitchen". Her book was named 'The Most Original Book' of 1936 by the American Booksellers Association and was described by Christopher Morley as a 'gastronomical autobiography.'
Country farmhouse cooking - fresh eggs still warm from the laying, golden butter spread thickly on fresh crusty bread; tender, pink ham fried in butter to crisp perfection; thick yellow cream generously poured over fragrant apple pie. No one has described country cooking better than Della Lutes. From her mother's kitchen came feast after feast of roast beef and pumpkin pies in winter through to the abundance of summer.