Tag Archives: culinary history

Trade Route Talks: Sublime Saffron

Trade Route Talks: Sublime Saffron

Tuesday 9/17 at 7:00pm 

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories

The history of saffron cultivation and usage dates back over 3,000 years and spans cultures and continents. Take a trip around the world through the eyes of this exclusive spice.

“Trade Route Talks” are 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. ($55)

Classes meet at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories
395 Santa Monica Place #329
Santa Monica, CA 90041

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Cookbook Club: Betty Crocker’s Picture Book

Cookbook Club: Betty Crocker’s Picture Book

Saturday 6/8 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 cooking this month:

Betty Crocker’s Picture Book, 1950
Betty Crocker’s Picture Book shaped a generation of home cooks in America through its color photography, practical tips and useful hints. Discuss mid-century advertising and Marjorie Husted, the woman behind the iconic Betty Crocker brand. Prepare a classic American meal straight from its pages complete with cake mix. But from scratch. ($115)

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.

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Trade Route Talks: Ancient Grains of Mexico

Trade Route Talks: Ancient Grains of Mexico

Tuesday 6/18 at 7:00pm

The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories

Discover the loaded symbolism of maize and amaranth, the most important Native American grains. You will meet the pre-Colonial plants and the religious symbols associated with them,  from their repression and means of social control post-conquest to today’s industrial packaged flours.

Students are greeted with an 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. ($55)

Classes meet at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories
395 Santa Monica Place #329
Santa Monica, CA 90041

register here