Monday, April 27, 2020

Virtual food history talks, cook-alongs, demos

Hundreds of virtual food history talks, demos, tours and reading materials are free or minimal charge. About a third of the talks are taped  and will continue to be freely available. If you know of any other talks, please use "contact form" on right.

Keep checking back since I am adding links for virtual events as I find them. Double check times. Last update: 1/20/2021

Topics lists of past taped talks and upcoming ones: Beverages // Bread, flour, ovens // British foodways // Cookbooks, Manuscripts // Hearth cooking // Holiday Christmas // Holidays Nv,Dec // Indigenous foodways // Medieval foods, gardens // Tea and Prohibition
Archive list of all past talks HERE

JANUARY EVENTS   Eastern time zone 146 /80 start of month

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National Hot Tea Month post - 15 talks and Prohibition talks HERE

Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon is cooking at the hearth of the 1696 Massey House, west of Philadelphia, using period correct recipes and some items that would have been available in the garden, where she has been taped working all summer and fall in the One Cool Colonial series. Check out her past and upcoming 10 min. segments HERE

Jan 2 Sat 3 Discover Sherry Wine, Its History And Its Unique Culture. Nika. Devour tours. Barcelona €19 HERE

Jan 3 Sun 3-4:30 'Galette des Rois', an Iconic French Holiday Dessert. History and traditions of the dessert for Epiphany (Three Kings) 12th Night. Mardi Michels. Context Travel $36.50 with tape HERE

Jan 3 Sun 6-7AM Famous & Favorite Foods of Boston. History and traditions for non-native English speakers. Global Immersions, Inc. (homestays) $23 HERE

Jan 4 Mon 9:00 AM Virtual Tour - London's Historic Markets. Rob Smith, Footprints of London. £6 HERE

Jan 5 Tue 2:30-4 [4 sessions to Jan 26] Archaeology of the Maritime Provinces, Part 2 Learn from artifacts, settlement styles, and food remains about the First Peoples of Canada. Dr. Cora Woolsey. The Ville Cooperative CA$40 for 4 sessions Canada HERE

Jan 6 Wed 12 The Rich cultural heritage of Bukharan Jews. “musical , literary and culinary heritage." Center for Jewish History $10 HERE

Jan 6 Wed 1-2 Pots, Glassware, Stone and Beer: Lambeth's Lost Industry. Eleanor Coade's stone, Lambeth delftware, Royal Doulton pottery and Lion beer. Richard Watkins, Footprints of London. £6.00 HERE

Jan 6 Wed 6-7 Why Waste Food? by author Andrew F. Smith. The National Arts Club NY HERE TAPE HERE

Jan 6 Wed 6-8 A Virtual Twelfth Night with Crailo and Schuyler Mansion. Crailo State Historic Site HERE TAPES HERE

Jan 6 Wed 6:30–7:30 Warming Winter’s Chill: A Brief History of Chocolate. Amanda Lange. Historic Deerfield. $10 or $25 for all 3 talks HERE

Jan 6 Wed 7:30 Cookbooks, Democracy, and Nations. by author Kennan Ferguson. CHEW Culinary Historians of Wisconsin HERE TAPE HERE

Jan 7 Thur 1:30-3 The Tale of the Blue Steaks: Science, Marketing and the Making of a Culinary Myth (1970). Joel Harold Tannenbaum . The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) UK HERE TAPES may be HERE

Jan 7 Thur 5-6:30 AM [8 sessions Thurs at 10am UK] The Tudor Garden. Jill Francis, David Marsh. The Gardens Trust UK £40 [8 talks] HERE

Jan 7 Thur 7-8:30pm Mezcal vs. Tequila. Difference and how evolve through Mexico’s history. Moe Peacock, Torrence Swain. Topshelf Peacock Spirit Education Series. $30 HERE

Jan 8 Fri 11 Care of the Poor in some Mid-Devon Parishes. Before the Victorian workhouse was built, how were the poor fed and helped since the 16th cen. Elly Babbedge. Crediton Library UK HERE very interesting, TAPE HERE

Jan 9 Sat 1:30pm That Farm Town, Los Angeles. Charles Perry. Culinary Historians of Southern California. HERE Tickets HERE

Jan 9 Sat 2 [7pm UK] Pubs, Penicillin, Pineapples and Plaques. Joanna Moncrieff. Footprints of London tours £6.00 HERE

Jan 9 Sat 2pm Copy of Smuggling North Devon Coast 1700-1850. (book by Waugh) Devon Ghost Tours. monthly UK £2.74 HERE

Jan 9 Sat 7pm (or at your time) Virtual Twelfth Night Celebration with Colonial Treats To Go. 18th cen music, history, rum punch. Fort Ligonier $15-45 HERE

Twelfth Night posts on cakes, shop displays, pranks (pin 2-5 people’s coats together), folded napkin like cake. Jan 6 HERE

Jan 10 Sun 1-2:30 Cooking with Cephalopods in Spain. Enrique catch, clean and prepare seafood such as squid, octopus, cuttlefish, and nautilus. Atlas Obscura $25 HERE

Jan 10 Sun 2-4 American Cuisine and how it got that way. Dr. Paul Freedman. CHoW Culinary Historians of Washington DC HERE TAPE HERE

Jan 10 Sun 2-3 National Hot Tea Month Online Workshop. History of tea consumption in 19th cen. Make a perfect cuppa” Kelsey Brow. King Manor Museum $5 or $10 for kit HERE

Jan 10 Sun 4-6 Tequila Distilleries Tour Mexico. Khrys Maxwell. Museum of Distilled Spirits $35 HERE

Jan 10 Sun 4-7 Acorn Processing: The Ultimate Slow Food. Identification, acorn selection, storage, shelling, winnowing, grinding, cold and hot leaching, recipes. Bryan Bramlett. Healing Ecosystems. CA. Donation HERE Very informative 3 hours.

Acorn Mush (Wiiwish) cooked in a basket blog post with pictures HERE

Jan 10 Sun 6-7:30 "Gourmet Ghetto" History Virtual Walking Tour. “North Shattuck Avenue area, where many claim a revolution in how Americans eat was born…first Peet’s Coffee, Cheese Board, and Chez Panisse.” Exhibit at Berkeley Historical Society CA Donation HEREHERE

Jan 10 Sun 6-7 American Pinot Noir wine class. “the history, how it got here, why it tastes so different, and its unique challenges.” Margot Mazur $10 HERE

Jan 11 Mon 12 Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes. author Sally McMurry talk on myriad of aspects from before 1800 to current. State Library of Pennsylvania HERE. Terrific talk TAPE HERE

Jan 11 Mon 6:30-7:45 Winter Workshop Fermentation Made Easy! history and culture of different fermentations and make small batch sauerkraut. Ishka Shir. Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center NC $12 HERE

Jan 11 Mon 7-8:30 History and Home Cooking. “history of home cooking as it relates to social changes over time in the US and during the current pandemic.” Chappaqua Cook Book: Modern Recipes from the Kitchens of an Old Quaker Village. [Chappaqua, NY: Congregational Church, 1940] Megan J. Elias. New Castle Historical Society $10 HERE POSTPONED

Jan 12 Tue 10-1 Silver in Georgian Ireland Lecture & Launch of Studies in Georgian Silver. Irish Georgian Society. €11.22 HERE

Jan 12 Tue 5:15-6:30 Water Over the Dam: The Destruction of Colonial New England's River Fisheries. Dr. Zachary Bennett, Dr. Matthew McKenzie. Massachusetts Historical Society HERE TAPE may be HERE

Jan 12 Tue 6-7 Goodbye Booze: The Music of Prohibition. “Gospel songwriters, Tin Pan Alley tunesmiths, and even moonshiners and bootleggers produced a torrent of commentary on alcohol in song.” Dr. Gregg D. Kimball. Library of Virginia. Russell County Public Library HERE postponed

Jan 12 Tue 7-9 Feeding the Forces: Soldiers' Rations & Foraging During the Revolution. Slides and video of campfire cooking, talk about foraging as war wore on, rations. Alicia McShulkis. ARRTOSJ American Revolution Round Table of South Jersey. $5 or Donation HERE

Jan 12 Tue 8-9:30 Tea Talk: Stories of a Leaf. Very thourough talk on types, process, fields, early development from around the world, teaware from various places. ritual. Korean tea will be part 2 talk. Yoon Hee Kim. Friends of the Chinese American Museum HERE TAPE may be HERE

Jan 13 Wed 1:15-3 Hanoverian Flavours on The King’s Table in the Long Eighteenth Century. Adam Crymble, Sarah Fox. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) UK HERE TAPES HERE

Jan 13 Wed 2 The History of Tea. Glen and Marie. Northeast Georgia History Center HERE. Live on Facebook HERE and Youtube TAPE HERE

Jan 13 Wed 3pm Cooking for the Civil Rights Movement. Learn how Georgia Gilmore “used her kitchen skills to raise money in secret for the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott.” Cook along Gilmore’s sweet potato pie. Cheyney McKnight. Living History @ Home - NY His Soc Dimenna Children's Museum HERE

Jan 13 Wed 5-6:30 Cocktail-Making Class: Three Historic American Drinks. “learning about the birth, death, and rebirth of the cocktail in America” Diana Pittet. Context Travel $36.50 with tape HERE

Jan 13 Wed 8-9:30 What’s for Dinner in 1920. Dr. Geoff Hunt. Grocery shopping and American diets in the Roaring Twenties. Golden History Museum & Park, Colorado. $10 nonmember HERE

Jan 13 Wed 8pm Gordon Sinclair. "An interview with the Chicago culinary icon conducted by award-winning foodwriter and publisher Michael Gebert." Culinary Historians of Chicago HERE

Jan 14 Thur 2-4 The Story of Scotch & your favorite drams. “find out about the origin of Scotch, how it’s made and what makes it so special; learn how to read a bottle.” Rachel McCormack, Billy Abbott. YORStory. £12.99 HERE

Jan 14 Thur 3-4 London’s Food Factories. 19th cen. such as Lyle's Golden Syrup, McVities biscuit, Gordon's gin & Sarsons vinegar about companies, working there, and current uses. Rob Smith. Footprints of London £6 HERE

Jan 14 Thur 6-7:30 Maritime Smuggling on Long Island: From Pirates to Rumrunners. Bill Bleyer. East Hampton Library HERE TAPE HERE

Jan 14 Thur 6 The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902. Scott Seligman. Politics and Prose HERE TAPE HERE

Jan 15 Fri 12-12:30 Food Tour: The Belly of Paris. Les Halles, market streets of Paris. “Stohrer, the oldest pastry shop of Paris, a place opened in 1730 where the baba au rhum were invented.” Virtualtrips. Tip the guide HERE

Jan 15 Fri 12:30 The Cuisine of the Spanish Roma. Valerio Ferris. Culinary Historians of NY $10 HERE

Jan 15 Fri 1-2:30 London Gardens: Botanic to Urban - An historic Virtual Tour £9 HERE

Jan 15 Fri 8pm Speakeasies of NYC: A Tale of Crime, Creativity, and Celebration. Sylvia Laudien-Meo. New York Adventure Club. Tape one week $10 HERE

Jan 15 Fri 8-9pm Innovations at the 1893 World's Fair. Chicago Detour tours $20 HERE

Jan 15 Fri 8-9:15 The Essence of Polish Vodka: Virtual Tasting & Lecture. Maciek Starosolski from Poland. Konekt Polish Canadian Professionals. free; $10 for samples HERE

Jan 16 Sat 10-11am Food. What it says about identities; travels of significant foods (sugar, tea, tomato), how taste changes… Dr. Padmini Mongia. Homefields PA $15 HERE

Jan 16 Sat 11-12 Sugar on Snow with Baird Farms. Maple Sugaring. Jenna Baird, Jacob Powsner. Come Alive Outside VT FULL HERE Quick TAPE of heated syrup on snow HERE

Jan 16 Sat 12 Indigenous Food as Medicine. “a brief history of chiles, and how they have been used as medicine and more for generations… making Chile infused Honey” Felicia Ruiz. Museum of Native American History AR HERE FULL. not taped

Jan 16 Sat 1:30-3 Our Daily Bread: Food in Western Christianity. Rev. Sharon Sheffield. Culinary Historians of San Diego. Info and register TAPE may be HERE

Jan 16 Sat 2-3 Live from Bordeaux! The Secret of France’s Oysters. History, how to choose & open. “Oysters were important even in Gaul and where they had already developed farming techniques. In France, "flat oysters" were enjoyed at the table of kings...wild oysters... It was not until the XIX century that oyster farming developed [under] Napoléon III. 7 oyster farming regions in France with own character.” Romain Bourgeois, Véronique Banzet. Alliance Francaise of Greenwich. Donation HERE

Jan 16 Sat 2-3 Masala Chai: A Ritual Steeped in Tradition. “history, culture, types, spices, and methods of masala chai.” Timothy Chacko. The Cultured Cup. $15 + 25 gram loose leaf sample HERE

Jan 16 Sat 6:30 Parties, Pirates, Punch – and Rum! History, 1600s rum punch, tour Grateful Dane rum distillery Houston TX. Dr. Frederick Smith. Archaeology Now $25 box $50 reply Jan 11 HERE

Jan 17 Sun 4-5:15 Sweet Greeks: First Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland with author Ann Flesor Beck, a third-generation confectioner and independent scholar. Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor District Library HERE

Jan 17 Sun 6-7 Riesling & it's zippy history from California to the Mosel. Margot Mazur $10 HERE

Jan 17 Sun 4-6 Winter Foraging Adventures: Mushrooms, Wild Greens & Seeds. “Identification, preparation & medicinal properties will be covered.” Bryan Bramlett, Taylor. Healing Ecosystems. Donation HERE

Jan 17 Sun 7-8 Spreckels' Sugar Empire. Mid 1800s sugar from Hawaii, ships, processing. Bruce Bennett. San Francisco City Guides CA HERE

Jan 18 Mon 1-2:30 [6-7:30 GMT also Jan 25] The Medicine of Fungi in Scotland. “the traditional folk uses of these fungi, along with going deep into the medicinal properties and biological functions.” Mark from Tenement Foraging. UK £11.37 HERE

Jan 19 Tue 2:30-3:30 Petticoats and Plants - The Untold Story of Scotland’s Gardening Women “who cultivated, collected and made substantial contributions to horticulture within Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.” Deborah Reid. Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (The Caley), Scotland UK HERE

Jan 19 Tues 5:30-7 [4 sessions to Feb 9] New Year, Ancient Foods. 1 Smoke. 2 Salt. 3 Lunar New Year. 4 Sea. Lori McCarthy and Felicity Roberts. Atlas Obscura $75 [4 sessions] HERE

Jan 19 Tue 7-8 Cracking the Rumrunner's Code: Elizebeth Friedman and Prohibition-Era Cryptology. A cryptanalyst, “Friedman decoded thousands of messages during Prohibition, including more than 12,000 shortwave radio transmissions sent by rumrunners.” Claire White of The Mob Museum. National Cryptologic Museum HERE

Elizebeth Friedman PBS movie - The Codebreaker: Wife. Mother. Secret American Hero. Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies. Streaming on PBS “American Experience” Jan 2021, with articles HERE

Jan 19 Tue 7pm Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution. Author Donald F. Johnson. “Focusing on day-to-day life in port cities” Mount Vernon VA HERE

Jan 19 Tue 7pm The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Urasenke Tea Masters. New York Adventure Club. Tape one week $10 HERE

Jan 19 Tue 7:30-9 The Boston Tea Party. “talk that explores tea, revolution, and the East India Company.” Patty Hamrick. Brooklyn Brainery $7 HERE

Jan 19 Tue 10pm Highlands & Islands distilleries: Ireland & Scotland. Virtual tour of distilleries. Kim Ohanneson. Women Who Whiskey Los Angeles HERE

Jan 20 Wed 10:30-11:30 Science and Technology in the Food and Drink Industry: Haggis. STEM educators and career influencers. FDF Scotland HERE

Jan 20 Wed 12 [17:00GMT] Marvelous Marmalade. Seville Oranges now in season; history of preserving and marmalade, tips and make two types: Traditional Seville Orange Marmalade; Lemon, Honey & Ginger Marmalade. Sara Ward, Hen Corner £30 HERE

Jan 20 Wed 1:30-3 Chinese New Year 2021 Spring Festival …why special, traditions, special foods like dumplings and yuanxiao… Cardiff Confucius Institute Wales UK HERE

Jan 20 Wed 2-3 Medicinal Plants of the Civil War. Lesley Parness. Denville Public Library NJ HERE

Jan 20 Wed 6:30–7:30 Chocolate Pies and Little Flies: The Botany of Cacao. Faith Deering. Historic Deerfield. $10 or $25 for all 3 talks HERE

Jan 20 Wed 8:30- Presidential Soul: A Virtual Presidential Inauguration Event. Adrian Miller author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families; Jesse J. Holland, author, The Invisibles: The Untold Story of the Slaves Who Worked in the White House, and Black Men Built the Capitol; and other speakers over 3 hours. Recipes. Music. Dance. $46-70 HERE

Jan 20 Wed 9-10pm Decanting A Natural History of Wine by Ian Tattersall & Rob Descale. Book discussion. "Reading Between the Wines", a wine-centric book club. The Wine Foundry HERE

Jan 21 Thur 11-12:30 Venice and the Rialto Market: History, Symbols, and Local Flavors. Cecilia Sitran. Context Travel. $36.50 HERE

Jan 21 Thurs 12 Ships Biscuits . Jeff Pavlik. Bread Seminar and baking by author William Rubel. Join Rubel's Facebook page Bread History and Practice for future topics and details HERE Register HERE

Jan 21 Thur 1:30-3 ‘Food will win the War': Dietary Morality and Domestic Sacrifice in the Era of the Great War. Emily Bailey. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) UK HERE TAPES may be HERE

Jan 21 Thur 2:30-3:30 Roman Life – Dining. Richard Bale. Colchester Archaeology Trust. £4.75 HERE

Jan 21 Thur 2:30-3:30 Traditional Farm Buildings of the Yorkshire Dales . Such as “field barns.” James Brightman. Thornton-le-Street History UK HERE

Jan 21 Thurs 4pm The Story of Garum: Roman Fish Sauce in a Modern Context. Sally Grainger author of Cooking Apicus: Roman Recipes for Today and her latest The Story of Garum: Fermented Fish Sauce and Salted Fish in the Ancient World. Fermentology NC State U info HERE Register HERE TAPES HERE

Jan 21 Thur 6:30-8:30 The History of the Scottish Highlands. Whiskey and Celts, Viking raiders, kings to a “romanticized Victorian theme-park.” David McNicoll. Brooklyn Brainery. $7 HERE

Jan 21 Thur 7-8 More Virtual Open Hearth Cooking with the OCHM. “Jeffersonian dish using techniques and tools from the early 1800’s.” Linda Ostrand. Tape and recipe. Orange County Historical Museum NC $10 HERE

Jan 21 Thur 7-8:30 Asia in the 19th - 20th c. Global Economy of Capitalism. Andrew Liu author of Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India. UCLA Center for Chinese Studies. CA HERE

Jan 21 Thur 7:30-9PM Catharine Parr Traill [1802-1899] on Enjoying and Surviving a Canadian Winter. Fiona Lucas author of Catharine Parr Traill’s Female Emigrant’s Guide: Cooking with a Canadian Classic. Culinary Historians of Canada. $10 – $17.50 HERE

Jan 22 Fri 7-9 Ancient Alcohol: Tour and Wine Pairing will uncover 9,000 years of wine culture from around the globe … agriculture and trade… tap a palm tree to create wine or adding resin, fruit… Janelle Sadarananda. Penn Museum. $10 HERE

Jan 21 Thur 8-9 War Fare: Modern Food, Moral Food. “American eating habits and more were influenced by WWI.” Dr. Helen Zoe Veit. Linda Hall Library and National WWI Museum and Memorial HERE TAPE may be HERE

Jan 23 Sat 10-12 Baking Salt Rising Bread workshop. Make using historic three-step process, and “share historical research that reveals how Appalachian women were ingenious in their use of natural leavening methods.” Genevieve Bardwell. Carnegie Hall WV limit of 50. $25 HERE

Jan 23 Sat 1:30-4:30 Burns Night 2021 by JCI Edinburgh £2.74 HERE

Jan 23 Sat 3-4:30 Outrageous Drinking Habits of the Ancients. Lucas Livingston. Cellar Muse Wine Events and Education $35 HERE

Jan 23 Sat 3-5 From Beeswax to Illumination: The Alchemy of the Honeybee. Beeswax candle making, “history, magic & lore of the bees.” Alysia Mazzella. Seagrape Apothecary $45 HERE

Jan 24 Sun 1-2:30 Nose to Tail Cooking. History and make a stew from Madrid - Callos a la Madrilena. Arantxa. Atlas Obscura $25 HERE

Jan 24 Sun 2-3 Tea in Early America: A Virtual Workshop. Mount Vernon Hotel NY $10 HERE

Jan 24 Sun 5-6:30 Food of the Italian South. Katie Parla. Context Travel. $36.50 HERE

Jan 24 Sun 7 Wild Teas. “native plants that have been used by local tribes in teas” Dessa Gunning. Clarke Historical Museum. CA $10 or $30 teas, mug, strainer HERE

Jan 25 Mon 1:15-3 How bureaucratization created a problem: poor relief in the rural liberty of Shrewsbury, c.1625-1660. Richard Hoyle. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) UK HERE TAPES may be HERE

Jan 25 Mon 4 The History of Tea. Active Minds. Littleton Library and Museum Events CO HERE

Jan 25 Mon 6-7 Cooking with the First Ladies: The Roaring Twenties. Grace Coolidge’s recipes. Sarah Morgan. National First Ladies' Library HERE

Jan 25 Mon 8-9:30pm The Famous Gilded Age Balls that Forever Changed NYC. Extravagant culinary dishes. Kristen Oehlrich. New York Adventure Club tape week $10 HERE

Jan 25 Mon 8-10pm A Celebration of Genever. From Belgium. Veronique Van Acker-Beittel , author of Genever: 500 Years in a Bottle. Museum of Distilled Spirits $40 HERE

Jan 26 Tue 10-12:30 Food Tourism Workshop: Leveraging the Power of Storytelling. Danielle French, of Netflix series, Taste of the Country. Letchworth Gateway Villages NY HERE

Jan 26 Tue 12-1:30 The Secrets of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. “guided virtual tour of the Giusti Museum in Modena (Italy)… Chef Andrea Marchesin (Toscana Divino restaurant), …discover the different vinegar acidities through a cooking demonstration and live tasting.” Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast HERE

Jan 26 Tue 12-1:30 Burns Night Supper. “Burns Supper to structure an academic event celebrating Scottish Romanticism with an interdisciplinary excursus on whisky production in the Romantic period.” BARS Digital Events HERE

Jan 26 Tue 6-7 The Science of Extreme Candy, A Tasty Learning Event . Julia Pierce. Camden Public Library ME HERE

Jan 26 Tue 6:30 Betty Crocker and her cookbook that changed how America cooks. Dr. Leslie Goddard, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library OH HERE

Jan 26 Tue 7:30-9 Hot Milk Cake Class. Lucy Neiderbach. [I did quick search, recipes from at least 1902] Tradition Kitchens HERE

Jan 26 Tue 7 Gardens and Gardening in early Annapolis. “several eighteenth-century Annapolis gardens, their construction and design, and the stories of the enslaved and servant gardeners.” Bethany J. McGlyn. Historic Annapolis $15 HERE

Jan 26 Tue 7-8:30 The World of Sake: Japan's National Drink. Kana Hattori. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

Jan 26 Tue 8-9:30 Shakespeare's Kitchen: A Lecture-Demonstration. Francine Segan author of Shakespeare’s Kitchen: Renaissance Recipes for the Contemporary Cook. UCI Illuminations U Cal Irvine HERE

Jan 26 Tue 8-9:30 Cheese 101: Back to Basics. History, process, styles. Formaggio Kitchen $15 HERE

Jan 27 Wed 12 Making Her Mark Spotlight: Temperance and Suffrage. Women had been part of the production and consumption of alcohol which changed in late 1800s. Dr. Theresa McCulla. HERE

Jan 27 Wed 1-2:30 Rye Revival: Bagels and Bread, Oh My. Why Rye? A staple of Northern and Europeans, and sustainable. Avery Robinson, Rita Hindin, John Meingalis. The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest HERE

Jan 27 Wed 2-5 Bees and beeswax - the gold of the medieval world? Dr Alex Sapoznik to talk about the importance of bees, beekeeping and beeswax. Cambridgeshire Beekeepers Association UK HERE

Jan 27 Wed 5:30-7 Foraging in a Winter Wonderland of Lichen. “history, biology, and incredible uses for lichens, mushrooms, and other fungi in the winter.” Felicity Roberts. Atlas Obscura $25 HERE

Jan 27 Wed 7-8 The World of Tea. History, 5 types, more. Nina Androski. Woodbridge Public Library NJ HERE

Jan 27 Wed 7 A Seat at the Table: Chinese Immigration and British Columbia exhibit. “Using food and restaurant culture as an entry point… the great diversity of immigrant experiences and of the communities that immigrants develop.” Bérangère Descamps, Charlotte Chang. Museum of Vancouver, Canada $9.42 HERE

Jan 28 Thur 9-10:30 am Gadus morhua - The fish that can change our future. Skrei (Atlantic codfish) series 3 talks. streamed on Facebook. Museum Nord. North of Norway. HERE

Jan 28 Thur 12-12:45 Dry January and the History of the Temperance Movement. Sarah Lohman. Brooklyn Brainery. $5 HERE

Jan 28 Thurs 1-2 Weeding, Washing, Milking, Plowing: Growing Up on a Midwestern Farm, 1870-1920. Pamela Riney-Kehrberg. Eisenhower Presidential Library. HERE

Jan 28 Thur 1:30 Tea – Britain’s National Drink. Lits. The Holst Birthplace Museum UK £5 HERE

Jan 28 Thur 2-4 Dr Annie Gray - Reading lives through recipes. “reconstructed the lives of these two women, two generations apart, partly through the manuscript recipe notebooks that they kept.” YORStory UK £12.99 HERE

Jan 28 Thurs 4pm Novel Misos. Copenhagen experiments on microbial biogeography and domestication histories. Joshua Evans. Fermentology NC State U info HERE Register HERE TAPES HERE

Jan 28 Thurs 6:30-8pm A Taste of Old Colony History. Cook along historic recipes and local Massachusetts favorites with the museum staff in their kitchens. Recipe of the month to be send after registering. Old Colony History Museum. Tauton MA HERE

Jan 28 Thur 7-8 Ship’s cracker, cabin bread, sea biscuits, sheet iron, molar breakers, worm castles… a staple of navies around the world from about the 15th Century to the early 20th Century.” Jeffrey Seymour. Virtual Grog Ration series. National Civil War Naval Museum . HERE

Jan 28 Thur 7 Food for Freedom: Feeding Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Chef Gail Hinson of the Johnson House Historic Site. HFSDV Historic Foodways of the Delaware Valley. $8 HERE TAPE HERE

Jan 28 Thur 7-8:30 Oysters and Ecosystems: How the Eastern Oyster Shapes the Chesapeake Bay. Jesse Iliff. Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park $10 HERE

Jan 28 Thur 7-8:30 The Chocolate King: Life & Legacy of Milton S. Hershey. Jennifer Henderson, Senior Archivist for Hershey Community Archives. New York Adventure Club. Tape for week $10 HERE

Jan 28 Thur 8-10 Sweet Greeks. Turtles, Dove Bars, Heath Bars, Margie’s Candies, Andie’s Candies Chocolate Mints can trace their beginnings to Midwestern Greek immigrants. Ann Flesor Beck author of Sweet Greeks: First-Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland. Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois HERE

Jan 29 Fri 5:30-7 Grande Cuisine to Grand Opera: The History of French Food & Opera. Carl Raymond. New York Adventure Club. $10 tape for one week HERE

Jan 29 Fri 5-6:30 Demystifying Amaro. Centuries old herbal bittersweet Italian liqueur. Brad Thomas Parsons. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

Jan 29 Fri 5:30-6:30 Coffee: Accidental Discoveries. Dr. Kelly Reidy. Atlas Obscura. $10 HERE

Jan 29 Fri 7-8:30 Let Them Eat Cake: Paris, Patisserie and French Society. Michael Krondl. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

Jan 30 Sat 11 Manuscript Cookbooks and their Audience...books written for an audience, many of their puzzling features are illuminated. ... messages relayed by inscriptions; the use of printed-book features such as pagination and indexes;...and the rationales for borrowing recipes from print. Steve Schmidt. New York Academy of Medicine Library. HERE

Jan 30 Sat 11-2 Classic King Cake. Joy the Baker. Bakehouse. Mardi Gras Feb 16 Tuesday. New Orleans $45 SOLD OUT HERE

Jan 30 Sat 12:30-1:30 Muslim Cuisine: Along the Silk Route. About the “past two millennia with special focus on the trade routes of the Silk Road that brought almonds, apples, figs, grapes, apricots, peaches, pistachios, rice, and a wide variety of other foods to European kitchens.” Haleh Moravej. MACFEST - Muslim Arts and Culture Festival. HERE

Jan 30 Sat 2-3 Fort from Home: Victorian Cooking. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum $10 HERE

Jan 30 Sat 8pm A Deep Slice of Chicago Food History. Chicago Detour. $20 HERE

Jan 30 Sat 3-3:45 Tea: Tradition and Medicine. Chinese medicine, history, the evergreen Camellia sinensis plant. Victor Mair, Tracey Wang Stuligross. Penn Museum PA $5 with kit HERE

Jan 31 Sun 8-9am World's Comfort Food: Instant Noodle. History, “different flavors from different countries…types of noodles and styles to serve.” Cultural Storytelling series. Explore Culture UK HERE TAPE HERE

Jan 31 Sun 10am Sephardic Culinary history. “Meatballs ‘cursed by the Jews’ & Muhallabiyye.” Chef Dr. Helene Jawhara-Piner. Center for Jewish History HERE

Jan 31 Sun 2-3 National Hot Tea Month Online Workshop. 19th cen. history. Kelsey Brow. King Manor Museum $5 HERE

Jan 31 Sun 4-5:30 TEQUILA 101 Part 1: HISTORY. 1 of 4 parts - History, Agriculture, Production, Recommendations. Khrys Maxwell. Museum of Distilled Spirits $35 HERE

FEBRUARY EVENTS   Eastern time zone 85/ start of month

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Feb ? Jewish origins of Viennese Cuisine. Susanne Belovari. Chicago Foodways Roundtable HERE

Feb 2 Tue 11:30-12:45 Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by author Marcia Chatelain. Exploring Social Justice HERE

Feb 2 Tue 3-4 London's Historic Markets. Smithfield, Spitalfields, Billingsgate and Covent Garden. Rob Smith. Footprints of London. £6.00 HERE

Feb 2 Tue 7-8 An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families by author Jane Ziegelman. Tenement Museum Youtube live info > HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 2 Tue 7pm Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: the Oyster Wars. Dr. Jamie L.H. Goodall. Historic Annapollis. $15 HERE

Feb 3 Wed 9-10 AM Victorian London factories. Peak Freans, Sarsons and McVities. Rob Smith. Footprints of London. £6.00 HERE

Feb 3 Wed 2-3 A Completely Impossible History of Wine in 60 Minutes. Dr. Jeff Peterson. Road Scholar. $25 HERE

Feb 3 Wed 6:30–7:30 Breakfasting on Chocolate: Hearth Cooking Demo. Ellen Zale. and// A Cup of Chocolate in 1771. Claire Carlson. Historic Deerfield. $10 or $25 for all 3 talks HERE

Feb 3 Wed 7:30-8:30 New York style Bagels with Aaron. Tradition Kitchens HERE

Feb 3 Wed 8-9:30 Migration Stories: Sustaining Gullah Geechee Cooking across Land and Sea. “West Africans who were brought to work the rice plantations of the lower Atlantic coast, the Gullah Geechee cultivated a distinct culture and cuisine.” Amethyst Ganaway, Benjamin “BJ” Dennis, Michelle Lanier. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $15 HERE

Feb 4 Thur 9-10:30 am Respecting the sea: Codfish and marine resource management. Skrei (Atlantic codfish) series 3 talks. streamed on Facebook. Museum Nord. North of Norway. HERE

Feb 4 Thurs 12 Prison and Slave breads. Bread Seminar and baking by author William Rubel. Join Rubel's Facebook page Bread History and Practice for future topics and details HERE

Feb 4 Thur 1:30-3 Dyspepsia on the Railways: Eating practices, complaints and rebelling bodies in Britain in the Nineteenth Century. Chloe Shields. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) UK HERE TAPES may be HERE

Feb 4 Thur 5:30-7 Food and Dining in New York's Gilded Age. Mansions, dining out, Delmonico and Sherry rivalry, menus, dishes, most outlandish dinners. Carl Raymond. New York Adventure Club. Week tape $10 HERE

Feb 4 Thur 7 The Story of Nathan Green - The First Recorded African American Distiller. “Nearest Green” and Jack Daniel. Mia “Mimi” Evans. Speed RackHERE [a different talk on Green Feb 17]

Feb 4 Thur 8pm Chicago's Sweet Candy History. Leslie Goddard. Blue Island Public Library IL HERE

Feb 4 Thur 9-10pm Conversation with Local Author Gina Rae La Cerva new book Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food. Slow Food Santa Fe HERE

Feb 5- Fri 10am Home is Where the Hearth Is February Cooking Series. “virtual tour of the Plimoth Grist Mill, three 30 minute cooking classes- Cooking Cornbread, Pancakes with a Pilgrim, and Indian Pudding 101. Plimoth Patuxet: Commemorating 400 Years 1620-2020 $55 HERE

Feb 5 Fri 7:30 Alpine Cheese 101. Formaggio Kitchen Boston & NY $15 HERE

Feb 6 Sat 10-10:30 The Story, Plight and Progress of a Black Century Farm in Piedmont Virginia. “Africulture that teach and expound on the contributions of Africans and African Americans .” Michael Carter Jr, Carter Farms. Louisa County Historical Society HERE

Feb 6 Sat 12-2 From the Continent to the Americas: Foodways, Culture and Traditions in the African American Family. Gina Paige, Carla Hall, Stephanie Evans, and Daphne Maxwell Reid. Association for the Study of African American Life and History. HERE

Feb 7 Sun 5-6:30 Savoring Sicily: 2,000 Years of History in 100 Dishes. Francine Segan. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

Feb 8 Mon 7 For the Love of Chocolate. “history of chocolate and the process of small-batch chocolate-making. sample their complex flavors with the big name brands.” Dan and JoAnne Sundell. WNED PBS. Buffalo Toronto Public Media. samples $25- HERE or HERE

Feb 9 Tue 1-2:30 The Great Brooklyn Sugar & Coffee War: A Delicious Rivalry. History AmRev, NY Stock exchange, fight with ‘Sugar King’ when ‘Coffee King’ got into sugar. Lucie Levine. New York Adventure Club. Tape 1 week $10 HERE

Feb 9 Tue 5-6:30 Dinner with Socrates: Feasting in Ancient Greece. Francine Segan. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

Feb 9 Tue 7-8 The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City. By author Scott Seligman. Tenement Museum Youtube live info HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 10 Wed 12 Cooking in the Archives: Bringing Historical Recipes to Life. “recipes from manuscript recipe books produced between 1600 and 1800.” Marissa Nicosia. Penn State Graduate and Professional Studies HERE

Feb 10 Wed 5:30-7 From Dickens to Downton: The World of Victorian & Edwardian Food. New York Adventure Club $10 and tape HERE

Feb 10 Wed 6:30-8 Taverns and the Emergence of the Colonial American Culinary Scene. Vaughn Scribner. Culinary Historians of New York (CHNY) $10 HERE

Feb 10 Wed 7-8:30 African-American Heritage Foodways in New York. “Before the great migration of the 19th century, the foodways of Blacks native to New York were based on Dutch and Native American culinary traditions as much as they were British or African.” Lavada Nahon. New Castle Historical Society HERE

Feb 10 Wed 7:30 Goaties Galore. Goat Cheese history and regions. Short 30-45 min. Formaggio Kitchen Boston & NY $5 HERE

Feb 10 Wed 8-9 Black Smoke: The History of African American Barbecue. Author Adrian Miller, Howard Conyers, PhD and pitmasters Ed and Ryan Mitchell and “premiere the debut screening of MOFAD’s original virtual reality short film featuring Jones Bar-B-Q.” MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $15 HERE

Feb 11 Thur 9-10:30 am Future of trade: how shall we innovate? “Stockfish has been traded since the middle ages.” Skrei (Atlantic codfish) series 3 talks. streamed on Facebook. Museum Nord. North of Norway. HERE

Feb 11 Thurs 4pm Tasting the History of Wine and Cheese. Charles Ludington author of The Politics of Wine in Britain and Food Fights: How the Past Matters in Contemporary Food Debates. Fermentology NC State U info HERE Register HERE TAPES HERE

Feb 11 Thur 4-5 At Edith’s Table: Food and Dining in Wharton's Life and Work. From her “major fiction and memoir… [and] how dining functioned in the overall Gilded Age society and how it defined social class.” Carl Raymond. The Mount (Edith Wharton's Home) $20 HERE

Feb 11 Thur 6:30-8 The History of Gin. A very thorough history of the ups and down and up of gin. David McNicoll. Brooklyn Brainery $6 HERE

Feb 11 Thur 7 Citron: How Citrus was Spawned by Faith with chef Aliza Green HFSDV Historic Foodways of the Delaware Valley HERE TAPE HERE

Feb 11 Thur 7-8 George Washington, Entrepreneur: How Our Founding Father's Private Business Pursuits Changed America and the World. “seven types of wheat. And, he built a state-of-the-art mill to produce flour which he exported to Europe in sacks stamped "G. Washington" and distillery for whiskey.” author John Berlau. Falmouth Museums on the Green MA $10 HERE

Feb 11 Thur 7-9 Indigenous Chocolate Masterclass. from Oaxaca, Mexico make candies and “comparison of Indigenous practices.” EWU Alumni Association. $13 HERE

Feb 13 Sat 10am Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration Smithsonian American Art Museum. Lunar New Year DC HERE

Feb 13 Sat 1:30 “Our Daily Bread” with The Reverend Sharon Sheffield. Culinary Historians of Southern California HERE

Feb 13 Sat 3:30-4:15 Carnival Street Food with Auntie Wendy Regisford. Part of Celebrating Carnival day. Horizon Foundation for NJ and The Newark Museum of Art HERE Register HERE

Feb 13 Sat 4-6 Chinese New Year Celebration: American Chinese Restaurants. Chinese food in Midwest, Jewish American connection, restaurants in South & Central America. By the authors of American Chinese Restaurants. Chinese Historical Society of America HERE

Feb 13 Sat 7pm Colonial Chocolate in the Atlantic World. Dr. Leni Sorenson. Stratford Hall VA Info and TAPE at bottom of page HERE

Feb 13 Sat 3-6 Virtual Cooking Class: Pre-Columbian Feast. “history of the Columbian Exchange, but also how to make four different dishes…using only ingredients available in Europe and the Middle East before 1492.” Rob and Melissa. Til It's Done. $20-30 HERE

Feb 14 Sun 2pm Dubious Gastronomy: Eating Asian in the USA. Robert Ji-Song Ku. CHoW Culinary Historians of DC HERE

Feb 14 Sun 5 Love, Lust, and Libido: Aphrodisiacs in Medieval Europe. “period cookbooks, artworks, and courtly feasting cultures of northern Europe to discover ingredients, recipes, and customs.” Ken Albala; Larisa Grollemond, manuscript curator. The J. Paul Getty Museum HERE

Feb 14 Sun 5-6:30 Aphrodisiacs: Myth or Reality? Francine Segan. Context Travel $36.50 HERE

Feb 15 Mon 7:30-8:30 Hamentashen Class cookies for Purim. Debbie Lewis. Tradition Kitchens HERE

Feb 16 Tue 1-2:30 Dining with Jane Austen: Food in Georgian and Regency. Carl Raymond. England New York Adventure Club $10 HERE

Feb 16 Tue 7:30 AM China and Northern Europe: Horticultural and Botanical Connections. “plants, gardens, and garden architecture, focusing particularly on Scotland, Sweden, and Russia.” The Manchester China Institute HERE

Feb 16 Tue 8-9 GROWING RICE: A Migration Story from Seed to Plate. Savona Bailey-McClain, JJ Johnson, Michael Twitty, and rice farmer Nfamara Badjie. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $15 HERE

Feb 17 1-2:30 London Gardens: Botanic to Urban - An historic Virtual Tour £9.00 HERE

Feb 17 Wed 6-7:30 Malaysian Sambals and Banana Leaves. While watching or cook along Spicy Sambal, Vegan Sambal Tofu and Steamed Bana Pudding in banana leaves learn about Malaysian food’s flavors, ingredients and history. Auria Abraham. Milk Street Cooking School Live Online $24.95 HERE

Feb 17 Wed 7:30-9 Black Label: A Very Black Posters & Cocktails. “true history of Black drinking culture in contrast with popular representations of Blackness in alcohol posters over the past 120 years… AJ will mix up some of her favorite cocktails featuring Black-owned alcohol and spirits.” Andra 'AJ' Johnson. Poster House HERE

Feb 17 Wed 8 Betty Crocker & Her Cookbook that Changed How America Cooks. Leslie Goddard. Naperville Public Library IL HERE

Feb 17 8-9:30 Uncle Nearest: Untold Stories Behind the Whiskey Still. “Nearest Green, taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey in Lynchburg, Tenn.” Fawn Weaver, Garrett Oliver, Shannon Mustipher. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $20 HERE [a different talk on Green Feb 4]

Feb 18 Thurs 12 Salt Rising Bread. Jenny Bardwell. Bread Seminar and baking by author William Rubel. Join Rubel's Facebook page Bread History and Practice for future topics and details HERE

Feb 18 Thur 6-7 James Hemming’s Contributions to American Cuisine. Ashbell Mcelveen founder James Hemings Society. The National Arts Club Donation HERE

Feb 18 Thur 6-9 Art After Dark: Feast Your Eyes. “consider composition in works of art featuring food, followed by a cook-along class on the art of the charcuterie board.” Lindsay Smith. The Hood Museum of Art. Dartmouth NH HERE

Feb 18 Thurs 2pm AZ Speaks: The Food of Arizona. Gregory McNamee author of Tortillas,Tiswin, and T-Bones: A Food History of the Southwest. Coolidge Public Library p7 for library email HERE

Feb 18 Thur 6:30-8 Adapting Historic Recipes for Modern Kitchens. Marie Pangborn “using Skolfield family recipes, prepares two recipes on-screen, discussing how to adapt old recipes to modern kitchens.” Recipes sent in advance. Pejepscot History Center Maine $15 HERE

Feb 19 Fri 10:30am The History and Evolution of Cutlery and Silverware. Steven Moore. The English Manner £27.54 – £30.77 HERE

Feb 19 11-12:30 A Culinary Saunter through Tuscany with Kate Bolton-Porciatti. Context Travel. $36.50 HERE

Feb 20 Sat 5:20-9:30AM Medieval Crafts and Guilds. 4 hours of talks. [Lovely picture of a river mill]. London Medieval SocietyHERE

Feb 20 Sat 9-10am Native Medicinal and Edible Plants. “15 ecological valuable native plants…” Elyse Jurgen. Homefields PA $15 HERE

Feb 20 Sat 9-10:30 Restoring Audley End's Walled Kitchen Garden. A brief history of Victorian Kitchen Gardens and restoration by Michael Thurlow. Surrey Gardens Trust UK £6 HERE

Feb 20 10:30-11:15 History in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter. Enslaved foodways. Gunston Hall 3 part series for 10 and up. VA HERE

Feb 20 Sat 1:30-3 Jamming through the Ages. Christina Sleeper. Culinary Historians of San Diego. Info and register
TAPE may be HERE

Feb 21 4-5:15 Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking. Linda Civitello. Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor District Library HERE TAPE may be HERE

Feb 21 Sun 7-9 Gastronomic Contributions from Mexico to the World. “Teotihuacan History and Food Tour: maize, tacos, and chocolate” by Cecilia, a Mesoamerica specialist. Impact Travel Collective. Donation HERE

Feb 23 Tue 4:30-7:30AM Coastal Saltmaking in Lincolnshire c. 1300 BC – AD1600. How, why so much, uses, changing techniques… 3 hours. Tom Lane. Heritage Lincolnshire. £8.14HERE

Feb 23 Tue 9:30am Fun with Plants: An Historical Look at Gardening for Children. 1830s- Carolyn Keep. by Devon Gardens Trust £4 HERE

Feb 23 Tue 8-9 Coastal Roots: Tracing the Ancestral History of Farming and Cooking in Georgia. Matthew Raiford, Chef Mashama Bailey, Adrian Lipscombe. short film featuring Gilliard Farms. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY $15 HERE

Feb 24 Wed 6 "The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret" George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon. Mary V. Thompson. The Redwood Library & Athenæum HERE

Feb 24 Wed 8:45 From Mash Bill to Distillate: Distillery Process and Effects of Equipment. Different distillery equipment and processes can impact final taste. Youtube live. Wanderback Whiskey Co. HERE

Feb 25 Thurs 4pm Ukrainian Fermentation: Traditional Practices and Modern Uses. Olia Hercules. “fermented tomato sauce to apples picked in pumpkin puree and whole watermelons fermented in wooden barrels… in specil “summer kitchens.” Fermentology NC State U info HERE Register HERE TAPES HERE

Feb 25 Thur 6-7 Maple Magic in Mississauga. Maple harvest, syrup. Museums of Mississauga. Canada HERE

Feb 25 Thurs 6:30-8pm A Taste of Old Colony History. Cook along historic recipes and local Massachusetts favorites with the museum staff in their kitchens. Recipe of the month to be send after registering. Old Colony History Museum. Tauton MA HERE

Feb 25 Thurs 8-9:30 The Legacy of Food Activism: A Storytelling Event. “African American ancestors paved the way for our modern-day food activism.” Therese Nelson, Chef Omar Tate, Paola Velez, The Common People Poetry Group, Korsha Wilson. MOFAD Museum of Food and Drink, NY HERE

Feb 27 10:30-11:15 History in the Kitchen: Johnny/Batter Cakes. how Johnny, or hoe, cakes were changed to suit the tastes of the social elite.. Gunston Hall 3 part series for 10 and up. VA HERE

Feb 27 Sat 10:30-11 I Spy a...Sugarbush! for families with children ages 4-8 to conduct simple outdoor explorations. Sugar maples. Duke Farms HERE

Feb 27 Sat 1 – 1:45 Sugar Maple Ecology. Duke Farms HERE

Feb 28 Sun 5-6:30 Cleopatra's Table: Feasting and Entertainments in Ancient Egypt. Francine Segan. Context Travel $36.50 HERE


Clarissa Dillon is still tending her period correct kitchen garden at the 1696 Thomas Massey House in Broomall, PA west of Philadelphia. But now, in our Covid virtual reality, we get to watch great 10 minute episodes on Clarissa talking about the plants, their uses, the house, and delight in her vast knowledge, sharp wit and great sense of fun. Her neighbor Pam Sedor, a librarian at Radnor Memorial Library, films her and writes amusing commentary in the new series One Cool Colonial. Be sure to check it out! HERE

The clever title is taken from a Philadelphia Inquirer 2012 article about Dr. Dillon. The garden is the embodiment of her Ph.D. dissertation and resulting book “A large, an useful, and a grateful Field." Eighteenth-Century Kitchen Gardens in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Use of the Plants, and Their Place in Women's Work.

As she said in Episode 1, on her apothecary roses and her portable still to make rose water, “...the kitchen garden contains only useful plants -- and I use them.” 

Update: Hearth cooking. Starting December, she is inside and cooking period recipes on the hearth. My blog post about the amazing Dr. Dillon, her garden at the 1696 Quaker home near Philadelphia, and the series HERE


More info on post HERE

Folgers list of online resources for early modern English paleography… to learn to decipher, read, and interpret manuscript materials written in early handwriting. HERE

EMROC Early Modern Recipes Online Collective - HERE
Folger Shakespeare Library, DC - EMMO, Before Farm to Table... HERE
Szathmary Cookbooks at University of IowaHERE
NYPL New York Public Library menus - HERE


Benjamin Franklin's recipes in blog posts with info on his life and 18th cen culture on the American Philosophical Society BLOG.  More on Franklin's handwritten recipes, my post HERE

Serving up Shakespeare with John Tufts (author of Fat Rascals: Dining at Shakespeare's Table). Thurs. 8-9pm Biweekly, each a different recipe, cook-a-long. Se 10 Chewits (mini beef pies). Playbill. $12.99 His talk was very entertaining and discussed his research (some great sources). HERE

Jas Townsend & Sons (Colonial through Federal) Youtube series HERE

Tasting History Max Miller  HERE

Wyoming State Archives recipes from Wyoming cookbooks on Throwback Thursday HERE

Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen HERE

Historical Society of Pennsylvania #foodiefridaysAtHSP various cookbooks & manuscripts HERE

New York Historical Society. Recipe of the Week. Handwritten manuscripts HERE

Detroit Historical Society. Pint-Sized Prohibitions. Cocktails HERE

Connor Prairie recipe videos HERE

Old Sturbridge Village recipe videos HERE

Mexican recipes mini E-Books. UTSA Mexican Cookbook Collection and manuscripts digitalized scanned and transcribed. HERE


HFSDV Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley. May 26 Tue 7pm Summertime Victorian Entertaining Becky Diamond HERE; June 16 Tue 2pm Cooking at the Hearth at Colonial Williamsburg.  need HERE Past programs HERE

Culinary Historians of Chicago.  June 18 Rule of Rum; July 15 The Kitchen; Aug _ Shakespeare's Table free. HERE  Past talks are online as podcasts HERE When Potato Fields were Prisons: Unfree Farm Labor in McHenry County during WWII,Podcast HERE and  16,000 Years of 16,000 years of Global Potato History. Raghavan Iyer. Culinary Historians of Chicago podcast HERE
CHEW Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin. HEREJuly 1 The Kitchen.  For members or newsletter list HERE Wisconsin beer history - Pure Beer is Pure Food!  //Potato History. To view a recording request

Culinary Historians of Northern California. Virtual talks:Jews, Schmaltz, and Crisco April 19; Matthew Booker talk on co-editing the 2019 Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates and also his family's sourdough. May 14; The Kitchen June 25

Culinary Historians of Southern California. past speakers' talks HERE

Culinary Historians of Canada. HERE Behind Every Great Cook Is a Great Mother HERE

Culinary Historians of New York.  Past issues of newsletter HERE and newer online issues HERE Past talks on podcast page being reconfigured.

CHAA Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. Home HERE Past issues of quarterly newsletters HERE. A few taped talks: History of Arab Restaurants in US HERE. Food Policy Protests in New Deal HERE. Food Adulteration in 19th cen Michigan HERE. and Desserts of the Dirty '30s (1930s)  HERE

CHoW Culinary Historians of Washington DC TAPES HERE


Strawbery Banke Museum. A Virtual American Celebration. 1637-1945 HERE

George Washington’s Mount Vernon
livestream tours, with tapes of past tours: Kitchen; Distillery;  Cellar (terrific!); Slave Quarters; Punch bowl, Dining room, more; author talks HERE Kitchen excavation HERE

video submissions from various museums – making recipes, foraging, etc HERE

Hagley Museum library
History Hangout conversations HERE and author talks HERE : Hasia Diner's Peddlers and the Great Jewish Migration to the New World. Amy Bentley's Inventing Baby Food. Roger Horowitz's I Wish I Was an Oscar Mayer Wiener: Innovation and the Hot Dog in America.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
numerous livestreams taped HERE

Colonial Williamsburg
Recipes HERE. "Explore from home" HERE. Past live videos HERE. "History is Served" (where is it now??)

Smithsonian Food History Weekends
videos of past years speakers HERE

DiMenna Children’s History Museum of the NY Historical Society. Jumbles (cookie talk for children, with recipe); Juneteenth foods.  Livinghistory@home HERE

Foodways with the Frontier Culture Museum
with Karen Becker.  Tape HERE

Tenement Museum, NYC Past talks on tape including The Dairy Restaurant; A Pickle Lesson, others HERE and A Square Meal…Great Depression HERE

Middleton Place. Charleston SC. Facebook page has live talks, tours and cooking tapes. Cooking, with rice HERE

Gunston Hall in Va. Summer Saturdays. Link for upcoming and past topics. Foods: Mason Family. Foods: People in Slavery. Cooking at home. HERE

Wadsworth Atheneum. Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture Through Jan 3, 2021 HERE

Gore Place "The Butler Takes Charge" Robert Roberts (c1777-1860) HERE and a past post HERE

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and garden. ArtBites videos about an historic cookbook and recipe HERE

Penn Museum. Zooarchaeology and Food in the Archaeological Record. Dr. Katherine M. Moore. HERE. Ancient Wine-Making, Heirloom Seeds, and Archaeobotany. Dr. Chantel White HERE


Fermentology Mini-Seminars. Thurs. 4:00 20 min. talks at least once a week (after which they are put up on youtube); On the Culture of Cheese. Interesting 20 min. talk by the author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking on using the old starter methods: wood boxes or woven baskets, clabber, whey, or keifer; The World’s Oldest Cheese and Yoghurt; other subjects bread, cheese, beer, sourdough and many more HERE   All past talks on youtube HERE

Weekly flour and bread seminar/workshops with author William Rubel every Thursday at noon. Flour before the Roller Mill, Manchet Bread, French Bread, Sourdough Bread and the Sourdough Library...  Join his Facebook page Bread History and Practice for weekly topics and details HERE

A Seat at the Table: A Journey into Jewish Food HERE   Darra Goldstein, Joan Nathan and others  discuss the food history and recipes of the Ashkenazi of Eastern Europe. (7 sessions) Free during Quarantine.  Registration HERE

River Rat Pottery - “COVID-19 CERAMICS : A survivalist guide to making ceramics during a pandemic” Facebook videos (for students to make at home) on finding river clay, drying, harvesting and cooking shells then mix in clay... HERE

Archaeology Now. Tiny Lectures (c4 min. ongoing) HERE Dr. Leni Sorensen talk about enslaved chefs at Monticello (and kitchen equipment) HERE, and History of food and feasting in ancient Egypt by Dr. Salima Ikram HERE

Medieval Life and Death History Week. On food with Chris Woolgar. All talks taped.. BBC History Mag Live HERE

Brooklyn Brainery has various topics courses for $6 or so HERE and Past Programs HERE

UNIVERSITY  COURSES - ONGOING - free or free trial

Harvard University free online classes. Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science (chemistry) HERE and (physics) HERE Each is 16 weeks/units.  Harold McGee, top chefs and Harvard researchers. Harold McGee author of On Food and Cooking : The Science And Lore Of The Kitchen 1984, 2004. Science and Cooking past talks at Harvard, 69 videos HERE

Futurelearn HERE (in conjunction with UK universities) videos and texts cover a wide variety of subjects (science, lit, health care, history...) including one by the Historic Royal Palaces on A History of Royal Fashion from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II, which is going on now.  It does not take too long to go thro a session. Four years ago, Historic Royal Palaces offered A History of Royal Food and Feasting, but it is no longer available, offered sporadically.  HERE

Great Courses HERE offers free trial (14 or 30 days) for their "lifelong learning" videos (profs give these food related talks, but not university courses) and have three series of 24 or 36, 30 minute videos.  Food: A cultural Culinary History and his earlier series Cooking across the Ages has Ken Albala cooking historical recipes in his kitchen.  
Food, Science and the Human Body is a lecture series of 36 topics by Dr. Crittenden discusses the evolution of diet, from early man, hunter gatherers, insects, spice trade, coffee and tea, as medicine.

Free online classes from universities in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) HERE, Coursera Courses HERE, Class Central HERE and FutureLearn HERE

One Day University.  7.95/month. one month free trial HERE


Puratos Sourdough Library in Belgium, virtual tour HERE

Caffeine, author talk Michael Pollan. Radcliffe Institute. HERE

The History of Native American Cuisine with Dr. Lois Ellen Frank. Road Scholar Virtual Lecture. Frank HERE and demo HERE
Life, Death and Medicine Aboard an 18th-Century Warship with Dr. Stulc HERE

War Fare: From the Homefront to the Frontlines online exhibit with WWI recipes HERE    WWI cookbook HERE

Bread & Beauty with Claudia Kousoulas for Montgomery History. HERE

Smithsonian American History Museum Food resources 5/5/2020 HERE

Manuscript Cookbook Conference & others, Fales Food Video Archive NYU Special Collections (4 webpages, click on arrow at bottom). HERE

Roger Smith Cookbook Conference. HERE  The original site link which used to house the videos is being redirected to a grill company.

Women’s Suffrage Centennial exhibits in DC taped tours by C-SPAN.  National Archives HERE, and National Portrait Gallery HERE and pt. 2 HERE.Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission talk about 3 DC exhibits HERE A bit of a stretch, but Kleber's Suffrage Cook Book is in the Library of Congress exhibit and 10 years ago I posted her poem "Pie for a Suffragist's Doubting Husband" for the 90th.  POST HERE

Mass Historical Society Cooking Boston food history, 5 part series, videos HERE and The Great Molasses Flood Revisited Part 2 and Part 3

George Washington’s 1790 Cabinet Dinner Commemoration. 5 tapes. 3. The 18th Century Table Setting. David Barquist. Morris-Jumel Mansion HERE

Food and Drink in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art. Princeton University Art Museum  HERE   The museum has arranged it so locals can watch while enjoying a specially designed menu from a downtown Princeton restaurant Mezzaluna for pickup and wine pairings from next door Public Wine, Beer and Spirits.  What a great idea!

SYMPOSIUMS ONLINE - FREE OR SMALL FEE (videos of past talks)

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium (5th biennial) - Food and Disruption: What shall we eat tomorrow?   May 25-29 free! 50 peer reviewed papers HERE or HERE  Recordings of past programs  HERE

The Great Big Jewish Food Fest. May 19-28   Archive of past talks HERE

Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery - Herbs & Spices. July 10-Au 2 Not free (80 pounds/ $97), but here's your chance to watch if you have never gone. No tapes.


Historic cookbooks on line over 1,000  HERE

JSTOR - Individual Account - free -100 articles per month through December 31, 2020.  It is a collection of scholarly journals, ebooks, and images HERE

Oxford Symposium, Proceedings, prior to the most recent three years are now available on Google Books and as free downloads HERE

Newberry Library's Digital Collections for the Classroom, Chicago. HERE Essays and many period book pages on each subject: Foods of the Columbian Exchange, The Discovery of Chocolate, The Medieval Spice Trade.

Benjamin Franklin's Recipes series. American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin houses his papers, which include recipes.  Starting in May 2020 they “have invited scholars, public historians, and chefs with a range of interests to share their reflections on Franklin, his recipes, and the culture of the eighteenth-century Atlantic World over the coming weeks.” HERE

In preceding sections.  I will change the links from signup to where the tapes can be found, as time permits.

©2020 Patricia Bixler Reber
Researching Food History HOME


  1. Thank you for these wonderful resources.

  2. Pat, Thank you so much for keeping this list of wonderful presentations up to date. You are the greatest!