Cookbook Author Anna Pump of Loaves & Fishes Dies in Bridgehampton Car Accident

Anna Pump on the cover of her book "Summer on a Plate."
Anna Pump on the cover of her book "Summer on a Plate."

Hamptons mainstay Anna Pump, known locally for the Loaves & Fishes Foodstore and the Bridgehampton Inn, and known nationally for her cookbooks, died Monday in a motor vehicle accident in Bridgehampton.

Southampton Town police said Pump was walking north in a crosswalk on Montauk Highway when she was struck by a pickup truck. The Sag Harbor resident was 81 years old.

Pump’s Loaves & Fishes has been quietly serving the gourmet take-out and catering needs of East End foodies since 1980. Pump and her daughter Sybille van Kempen, with the support of Pump’s late husband Detlef, added the Bridgehampton Inn to their business holdings in 1994. The six-room establishment quickly became a destination hotel.

Sybille and her husband Gerrit opened the popular kitchenalia emporium, Loaves & Fishes Cookshop, in Bridgehampton’s downtown in 2003.

Recently Pump passed the reins of running the iconic Bridgehampton Inn over to her daughter.

In 2014, Pump was honored with the Two Forks Outstanding Achievement Award at Dan’s Taste of Two Forks.

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