The Hamptons has its fair share of domestic doyennes, that’s for sure. Those who come immediately to mind include Martha Stewart, Ina Garten and B. Smith. But there’s one lady who predated them all: Eleanor Lynch.
The groundbreaking cookbook author and editor–whose $3.65 million Springs home is now for sale, listed with Denise Wilder and Christopher Stewart of Douglas Elliman–was doing her part to help happy housewives in the kitchen decades before our current crop of enterprising entertainers became household names. The Louse Point resident contributed to “The Modern Hostess Cook Book: All American Issue” published in 1942, edited the 1957 cookbook “The Ogilvie Cookbook” and authored the iconic 1967 recipe instruction manual, “Reynolds Wrap Creative Cooking With Aluminum Foil,” which was sponsored by Reynolds Wrap and came with its own aluminum foil dust jacket.
The two-story waterfront home, which has been in Ms. Lynch’s family since it was built in 1958, maintains the charm of its original intention. Here it’s easy to imagine an apron-clad hostess pulling freshly baked goodies out of the oven in this open-plan wood-paneled kitchen that adjoins dining and living rooms.
Though updated with modern appliances and conveniences, the 3,700-square-foot home, which commands its own stretch of sandy beach and 150 feet of Gardiner’s Bay frontage, is distinctively and simply an original. The five-bedroom, two-bath home is nonetheless spacious and accommodating at 3,774 square feet. Sited on just under an acre, it features a waterfront wooden deck, back-facing brick patio, wooden beams and a working fireplace.
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