Feb 6, 2011

Marcia Adams dies; host of PBS cooking show, heart transplant recipient

The host of the nationally syndicated WBGU show Marcia Adams Kitchen died Satuday (Feb. 5) in Fort Wayne, Ind., following a heart attack. She was 75.

Adams also produced two documentaries about her 2001 heart transplant, "Heart to Heart" and "Change of Heart."

She was considered an expert in Amish cooking. Her five cookbooks included “Cooking from Quilt Country: Hearty Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Kitchens,” “Marcia Adams’ Heirloom Recipes: Yesterday’s Favorites, Tomorrow’s Treasures,” and “Recipes Remembered.” She also wrote two books about her heart trandplant and recovery, "Heart to Heart" and "Heart Anew." Most recently she had been working on a novel, "Don't Envy Me," about a battered wife.

Born Marcia Grabill on April 10, 1935, Adams is survived by her brother, Gordon Grabill, of Steuben County, Ind., and was preceded in death by her son, Gerard Sicard.

There will be a private memorial service.

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