Category Archives: December

Cookbook Club: Fannie Merritt Farmer

Cookbook Club: Fannie Merritt Farmer

Saturdays 12/1 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:

The Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer, 1896
A true visionary, Fannie Farmer self published her Boston Cooking School Cook Book in 1896 and changed the way cookbooks were written forever. She was the first cookbook author to include standardized measurements in her recipes and to distinguish between recipes and directions. (Were it not for her, we might still be using recipes that call for “butter the size of an egg.”) She also taught nutrition at Harvard University. ($115)

Sign up for all three fall Cookbook Club classes at a discounted rate of $330.

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.


Platicas y Pruebas: The History of Chocolate

Platicas y Pruebas: The History of Chocolate

Thursday 12/6 at 7:00pm 

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Join me for this annual chocolate event!

Chocolate is perhaps one of the most intriguing foods in history, prized for thousands of years and now a global passion. Celebrate the holidays by tracing the origin of chocolate, the food of the gods, from a drink reserved for Mayan and Aztec nobility, to a drink for European aristocrats, to the simple chocolate bar. Then enjoy a tasting of Aztec hot chocolate, champurrado, and traditional pan dulce. ($20)

This class does not include a tour, it is an informal lecture followed by a tasting.

register here


A Dickens Christmas

charles dickens

A Dickens Christmas

Saturday 12/8 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Back by popular demand!

Celebrate the holidays exploring the Victorian era of Charles Dickens. Discuss literature, paintings, and decorative arts of the era before preparing a contemporary meal adapted from period cookbooks from the Huntington’s collection. ($85 members; $100 non-members)


image: Portrait of Charles Dickens, 1859, by photographer Herbert Watkins. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.