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The Cookbook Club: Josefina Velasquez de Leon

The Cookbook Club: Josefina Velasquez de Leon

Saturdays 7/21 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:

Mexican Cook Book: Devoted to American Homes by Josefina Velasquez de Leon, 1947
Josefina Velasquez de Leon was an entrepreneurial author and teacher who traveled throughout the Mexican Republic holding cooking classes and collecting regional recipes. From the 1930s to 1960s, she wrote and published over 150 cookbooks on topics ranging from cake decorating to cooking for the infirm. She ran a cooking school in Mexico City, hosted her own TV show when television was brand new to Mexico, wrote a magazine column, and was regularly interviewed on the radio.

In 1947, De Leon wrote the bilingual Mexican Cook Book: Devoted to American Homes. Authentic Recipes from Every Region of the Mexican Republic, the first Mexican cookbook published in the United States, introducing the complexity of traditional Mexican cuisine (not Tex-Mex or Cal-Mex) to an American audience. ($115)

Classes meet at New School of Cooking’s Pasadena campus.
525 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

The book is out of print but available for sale here and there is a glimpse of it here.

10% of the proceeds of this class will go to RAICES.

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The Cookbook Club: Elizabeth David

The Cookbook Club: Elizabeth David

Saturdays 6/23 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 Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David, 1950
Long acknowledged as the inspiration for Julia Child and Claudia Roden, Elizabeth David introduced Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes to bleak postwar Great Britain, when basics were rationed and fresh food was a fantasy. ($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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