Trade Route Talks: The Bittersweet History of Sugar
August 10, 2018
Tuesday 2/5 at 7:00pm
The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories
Join me for a series of monthly discussions about agriculture, trade and how our taste for foods have changed the landscape of our world. Students are greeted with a topical appetizer and, after the conversation, participate in the hands-on cooking of a dish which uses the theme of the day as the main attraction.
A commodity so common it is difficult to imagine a world without sugar. Trace the history of this sweet grass from classical literature, to slavery and the abolitionist movement, to the modern world stage. ($45)
Each month we discuss a significant cookbook and prepare a group meal adapted from its recipes. Here’s what’s cooking this month:
A Domestic Cook Book: Containing a Careful Selection of Useful Receipts For the Kitchen by Malinda Russell, 1866
Published in Michigan in 1866, A Domestic Cook Book is the oldest known cookbook authored by an African American woman, Malinda Russell, predating Abby Fisher’s better known What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking by 15 years. Born and raised in Tennessee as a member of “one of the first families set free by Mr. Noddie of Virginia,” Russell’s book is a landmark in culinary and publishing history. ($115)
Purchase together with An Invitation to Indian Cooking on 3/16 and The Settlement Cookbook on 4/27 at a discounted rate.