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.

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