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Clara Cannucciari is a 93-year-old cook, great grandmother, and Great Depression survivor who graciously invites us into her kitchen in her Great Depression Cooking YouTube series. She is first generation Sicilian-American, and grew up in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park. In her adorable and informative cooking video series, she walks us through some of her living-on-the-cheap dishes, which her mother used to make during the Great Depression. She also shares her stories and wisdom along the way. Her unique charm is mesmerizing.
Here is Episode 7, where Clara teaches us how to make the Poorman’s Feast:

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Susanna says:

    sooo cute!

  2. Amy says:

    great timing!

  3. Paula says:

    It’s really interesting hearing about the depression!

  4. Rabid says:

    Thanks for the heads-up! Her videos really are special, and I love learning more about history.

  5. Goli Mohammadi says:

    I’m so glad everyone is enjoying Clara’s videos! They are so precious and educational, not to mention adorable. :)

  6. s.m.e. says:

    This is so wonderful! We will be using the video clips to illustrateour homeschool Depression Era lessons. A huge thank you to Clara!!

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