Category Archives: April

The Cookbook Club: Hannah Woolley

The Cookbook Club: Hannah Woolley

Saturdays 4/14 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

New School of Cooking Pasadena

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

The Gentlewoman’s Companion: A Guide to the Female Sex by Hannah Woolley, 1675
Woolley is said to have been the first professional female cookbook writer, the first woman to earn her living by the pen, and the first woman to include her portrait in a cookbook. Her publications were so popular they went to several editions.

Alongside recipes for roasts and stews, Woolley gave advice on how to run a household, tips on child rearing, rules of domestic conduct, table manners, cosmetics and perfumery, the etiquette of letter writing, reading and education, and “Pleasant Discourses and Witty Dialogues” between gentlemen and ladies (securing a good husband was a must during the Restoration period; if you didn’t know how to preserve fruit or cure constipation, chances of finding one were slim.)

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 here.

register here

At Home with the Huntingtons

huntingtons home

At Home with the Huntingtons

Saturday 4/21 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Tour Henry and Arabella Huntington’s former home-now the Huntington Art Gallery and view some of the masterpieces that form the heart of their renowned collections. Afterward, prepare a feast worthy of a connoisseur. ($85 members; $100 non-members)



Celebrate the Earth – just for kids!

maize god

Celebrate the Earth – just for kids!

Sunday 4/22 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

LACMA and ArtBites Pop-up

Celebrate Earth Day while discussing Mexican art related to nature at LACMA before heading to the ArtBites Pop-up Kitchen (a 3-minute drive from the museum) to prepare a vegetarian meal and enjoy a group lunch.

Menu may include:
Avocado and Tomato Salad
Smoky-Spicy Grilled Corn
Mushroom Quesadillas
Chocolate and Almond Cake

Ages 7 to 12. Class is limited to 6 children and one accompanying adult per child. No drop off.

($80 includes museum admission for the child and accompanying adult, tour, ingredients and recipes. Museum parking is not included.)

Please note that though this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized.


image: Drinking Vessel Depicting a Maize God, Guatemala, Mya, 200-400, slip-painted ceramic, LACMA