Cookbooks and Domestic Manuals

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Rochester Hills Public Library
Multipurpose Room

Event Details

19th century American cookbook and domestic manual authors didn’t confine themselves to telling readers how to cook particular dishes and perform specific household chores. Many of them had a self-imposed mission: to promote housewifely values, usually having to do with traditional female virtues like devotion to family, gentle manners, and selflessness. JJ Jacobson, Curator for American Culinary History at the University of Michigan, will discuss these books, written mostly by and for middle-class women, who strove to establish norms for the entire country. Jacobson’s engagement with culinary history and related subjects has its roots in her previous career as a chef and baker.
Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adults
Ellen Kieta

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