Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Celebrate Woman’s History Month! Explore the role of women in art in the Huntington’s American and European galleries and cook a group meal from the library’s Charitable Cookbooks Collection. ($85 members; $100 non-members)
image: A selection of early 20th-century, brand-name recipe pamphlets from The Huntington’s Anne Cranston American Regional and Charitable Cookbook Collection. Photograph by Kate Lain.
Take a whirlwind tour with the globe’s favorite flavor, vanilla. A member of the orchid family, trace its role from a spice in hot chocolate in ancient Mexico to a favored ingredient among European royalty to its first mention in cookbooks and into today.
This series of monthly discussions are 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. ($45)
Platicas y Pruebas: Female Pioneers in Mexican Cooking
August 27, 2014
Thursday 3/14 at 7:00pm
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Learn about two women who changed the face of cooking in Mexico – Vicenta Torres de Rubio and Josefina Velasquez de Leon.
In 1896, Vicenta Torres de Rubio was the first woman to publish a cookbook, Cocina michoacana. For three decades, Josefina Velasquez de Leon led a cooking empire that lasted until the mid-1960s, publishing 140 cookbooks, including the first bilingual cookbook printed in the United States. A tasting will be offered as part of the program. ($25)
Each month we discuss a significant cookbook and prepare a group meal adapted from its recipes. Here’s what’s cooking this month:
An Invitation to Cooking Indian Cooking, Madhur Jaffrey, 1973
Indian-born food and travel writer, Madhur Jaffrey is recognized for bringing rich Indian cuisine to an American audience in her debut cookbook, An Invitation to Cooking Indian Cooking. During the 1970s she taught Indian cooking classes from her Manhattan apartment and at the James A. Beard School of Cooking. ($115)