Tag Archives: culinary history

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.

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Cookbook Club: Claudia Roden

Cookbook Club: Claudia Roden

Saturdays 11/3 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:

A Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden, 1968
Prior to Claudia Roden’s A Book of Middle Eastern Food, all Middle Eastern cookbooks in English were translations of medieval recipes. Roden is not only a cookbook writer but a cultural anthropologist. She began to source recipes from fellow refugees and immigrants who longed for their native foods. Her story is a fascinating one, her books groundbreaking. First published in the United Kingdom, it was released in the United States in 1972 to high praise. ($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.

register here

Trade Route Talks: Salt of the Earth

Trade Route Talks: Salt of the Earth

Tuesday 1/15 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.

Before it became a staple in every kitchen pantry, salt was extremely valuable and economies were based on its production and trade. Let’s crisscross the globe with one of the world’s principal trading commodities. ($45)

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

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Trade Route Talks: The Bittersweet History of Sugar

Trade Route Talks: The Bittersweet History of Sugar

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)

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

register here