Sunday, April 25, 2021

Women cookbook authors

Hannah Glasse vs Ann Cook, Margaret Dods was Christian Isobel Johnstone. Glasse (1708-1770), the most well known, published her first book The Art of Cookery in 1747. Cook's The Professed Cook came out in 1754 with her critique of Glasse. Johnstone (1781-1857) wrote The Cook and Housewife's Manual 1826, using the name of a character created by Sir Walter Scott in 1823. All will be explained in two upcoming talks, one by Ivan Day.


Apr 27 Tue 7:30 Highwaymen, Scandal and Haggis: Recipes from the Cleikum Inn. [The Cook and Housewife’s Manual… by Mrs Margaret Dods, of the Cleikum Inn, St Ronan’s. Edinburgh: 1826.] Dods, a character in Sir Walter Scott's book St. Ronan's Well, 1823 and the Cleikum Inn's "role in both the literary and physical landscape of nineteenth century Britain." Amy Beingessner. The Centre for Scottish Studies. Canada HERE not taped

May 27 Thur 2 Professed Jealousy: The Tale of Two Hexham Cooks. “Hannah Glasse, the daughter of a wealthy local landowner, was the author of the best selling recipe book of the period, The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (1747). Ann Cook prepared food in her husband's Hexham Inn, but also wrote a cookery book The Professed Cook (1754)” Ivan Day. Northumberland Archives UK HERE


Glasse, Hannah. The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy. 6th London: 1758 (1747) HERE

Cook, Ann. Professed Cookery. 3rd ed London: 1760 (1754) HERE

Dods, Margaret. The Cook and Housewife's Manual. Edinburgh: 1826 HERE

Wilson, John. “Meg Dods’s Cookery” in The Works of Professor Wilson. v5 Edinburgh: 1856 HERE

Perkins, Pam. A taste for Scottish fiction: Christian Johnstone’s Cook and housewife’s manual. European Romantic Review March 2000 p248-258. Also In: Women Writers and the Edinburgh Enlightenment 2010 chapter 3 p207-280


Women in the Kitchen, Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today. Anne Willan. Culinary Historians of Chicago. Nov 28 HERE TAPE HERE

The Queens of New Orleans Creole Cuisine: From Tante Zoe to Leah Chase. “African-American women from the 18th-20th century were major contributors to establishing New Orleans world famous Creole cuisine.” Zella Palmer. The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. LA Mar 10 2021 7pm HERE TAPE HERE

Lena Richard and Julia Child: Two Women Who Changed Culinary History. Lena Richard (1892-1950) wrote New Orleans Cook Book, and Julia Child (1912-2004) wrote The French Chef. Paula Johnson, Ashley Rose Young, 2021 Francophonie Celebration. Museum of Work & Culture. RI Mar 10 2021 7pm HERE TAPE HERE

Julia Child and Company: Culinary Delights at the Schlesinger Library. Marylène Altieri. Nov 13 TAPE HERE

Betty Crocker & Her Cookbook that Changed How America Cooks. Dr. Leslie Goddard. New City Library, NY Dec 7 HERE TAPE HERE

Mexico’s first female cookbook author Torres de Rubio "was not only Mexico’s first female cookbook author but also the first to publish a regional cookbook in her 1896 trailblazing work, Cocina michoacana.” Maite Gomez-Rejon. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes LA Mar 2021 HERE Facebook TAPE HERE Cocina Michoacana ckbk online HERE

An 18th Century Cooking Challenge: Exploring Hannah Bloomfield’s Cookbook. Her handwritten recipe manuscript. Carrie Blough. DAR Museum. 2019 TAPE HERE


A Recipe for Subversion: How Suffragists Used Cookbooks to Fight for the Vote. HFSDV and Alice Paul Institute. Dan Macey and Lucy Beard. Aug 8 TAPE HERE

All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote with Laura Kumin. President Woodrow Wilson House Oct 2 TAPE HERE

Baking for Suffrage: How “Good Cooking and Sure Voting Went Hand in Hand.” NY State Museum. Facebook live tape 20 min. Aug 5 HERE TAPE HERE

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