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Brass graduated from Northeastern
University with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Journalism cum laude and
with Departmental Honors in English. She received a Master of Arts in
English while on fellowship at Northeastern University. Marilynn has
worked in public relations, community affairs and employee communications.
She has also worked at WGBH, the
public television station in Boston, in
the production unit of This Old House, The New Yankee Workshop,
The Victory Garden. Marilynn baked her first cake at the age of
Brass, a former fashion designer, has worked in National Programming
at WGBH for more than 20 years. She is an honors graduate of the Massachusetts
College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Illustration
and Design. Sheila baked her first cake at the age of 11.
The Brass sisters have compiled a research library of more than 6,500
cookbooks, including dozens of manuscript cookbooks, as well as 1,500
books and periodicals on antiques and culinary history. Their collection
of more than 2,000 antique food molds, kitchenware, culinary prints
and menus is considered one of the finest in the United States.
The North American Consultants for Miller's Publications, many of their
own culinary antiques and cookbooks have appeared in Miller's Antiques
Price Guides, and they produced
and wrote the introduction and Miller's first segment on antiquarian
cookbooks. Sheila and Marilynn are both members of The Culinary Historians
of Boston. Frequently they act as consultants to universities, publications,
television stations and antique dealers.