From the best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential comes this true, thrilling tale of pursuit through the kitchens of New York City at the turn of the century.By the late nineteenth century, it seemed that New York City had put an end to the outbreaks of typhoid fever that had so frequently decimated the city's population.
That is until 1904, when the disease broke out in a household in Oyster Bay, Long Island.
Authorities suspected the family cook, Mary Mallon, of being a carrier.
But before she could be tested, the woman, soon to be known as Typhoid Mary, had disappeared.
Over the course of the next three years, Mary worked at several residences, spreading her pestilence as she went.
In 1907, she was traced to a home on Park Avenue, and taken into custody.
Institutionalized at Riverside Hospital for three years, she was released only when she promised never to work as a cook again.
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