Culinary Curiosities at Smith College with Barbara B. Blumenthal

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Part of our Monday night lecture series: Culinary Incidents: Historical Explorations of Food and Culture in the Pioneer Valley.

Culinary Curiosities at Smith College is a tasting of cookbooks, housekeeping and etiquette manuals, modern artist books with culinary themes, and food-related oddities, all housed in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College or in Blumenthal’s own collection. These books and manuscripts about food, recipes, and eating (from the 16th through the 20th centuries) are part of the rich resources available for culinary enthusiasts in the  Pioneer Valley. Topics in this illustrated talk include: chocolate, puff pastry, Julia Child and Charlotte Turgeon, efficiency in the kitchen, menus, apples, carving and serving, sugar, confectionery and ices, trade cards, and miniature books. Admission $7 / $5 members.