Monday, November 13th, 2017
Culinary Historians of New York
in partnership with Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
Food on the Page: Cookbooks and American Culture
With Megan J. Elias
Monday, November 13, 2017
What use are cookbooks? Much more than a guide to your next meal, your cookbooks tell you who you want to be, where you think you fit into your social world, and which culture or cultures you identify as normal. Looking at American cookbooks as a genre of writing reveals the fascinating stories of what has been available and desirable across the history of the nation and also how Americans have defined their national cuisine and what is good, bad, real, and unreal in the world of food. Cultural historian Megan Elias will discuss the history of American cookbooks from the first, published at the end of the eighteenth century, to the rise of food blogs and recipe sites of today.
Megan J. Elias is director of the Gastronomy Program and associate professor at Boston University. Her new book is Food on the Page: Cookbooks and American Culture, (University of Pennsylvania Press); she is also the author of numerous other books, including Stir It Up: Home Economics in American Culture. Her early research for Food on the Page was supported by a CHNY Scholar’s Grant.
Samples of dishes made from recipes in American cookbooks will be served.
Time: 6:30 pm check-in and reception | 7:00 pm program
Fee: EARLY BIRD RATE: $22 for CHNY and MVHM Members and Senior Members who register before October 30|$25 CHNY and MVHM Members | $40 Non-Members and Guests
| $10 Full-time students with ID
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