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The Cookbook Club: Francisco Montiño

The Cookbook Club: Francisco Montiño

Saturdays 5/12 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

New School of Cooking Pasadena

Thrilled about the ArtBites Cookbook Club! Each month we will discuss a significant cookbook and prepare a group meal adapted from its recipes. Here’s what’s on the menu this month:

Arte de cozina, pasteleria, vizcocheria y conserveria (Art of Cooking, Pastry, Savory Pastry and Preserves) by Francisco Martínez Montiño, 1611
The most influential cookbook of early 17th century Spain, it gives us access into what was prepared in royal kitchens of what was then one of the most powerful countries in the world. Montiño includes an early European recipe for potatoes, which he calls testicles of the earth. A fascinating document, it was reprinted for more than 200 years.

Classes meet at New School of Cooking’s Pasadena campus.
525 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

Though reading the book prior to each class date is not necessary, it is available in Spanish here.

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The Cookbook Club: Josefina Velasquez de Leon

The Cookbook Club: Josefina Velasquez de Leon

Saturdays 7/21 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

New School of Cooking Pasadena

Each month we discuss a significant cookbook and prepare a group meal adapted from its recipes. Here’s what’s on the Cookbook Club menu this month:

Mexican Cook Book: Devoted to American Homes by Josefina Vasquez de Leon, 1947
Josefina Velasquez de Leon was an entrepreneurial author and teacher who traveled throughout the Mexican Republic holding cooking classes and collecting regional recipes. From the 1930s to 1960s, she wrote and published over 150 cookbooks on topics ranging from cake decorating to cooking for the infirm. She ran a cooking school in Mexico City, hosted her own TV show when television was brand new to Mexico, wrote a magazine column, and was regularly interviewed on the radio.

In 1947, De Leon wrote the bilingual Mexican Cook Book: Devoted to American Homes. Authentic Recipes from Every Region of the Mexican Republic, the first Mexican cookbook published in the United States, introducing the complexity of traditional Mexican cuisine (not Tex-Mex or Cal-Mex) to an American audience. ($115)

Classes meet at New School of Cooking’s Pasadena campus.
525 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

The book is out of print but available for sale here and there is a glimpse of it here.

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The Cookbook Club: Elizabeth David

The Cookbook Club: Elizabeth David

Saturdays 6/23 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

New School of Cooking Pasadena

Each month we discuss a significant cookbook and prepare a group meal adapted from its recipes. Here’s what’s on the Cookbook Club menu this month:

A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David, 1950
Long acknowledged as the inspiration for Julia Child and Claudia Roden, Elizabeth David introduced Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes to bleak postwar Great Britain, when basics were rationed and fresh food was a fantasy. ($115)

Classes meet at New School of Cooking’s Pasadena campus.
525 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

Though reading the book prior to each class date is not necessary, it is available for sale here.

register here