Monday, March 28, 2011
Culinary Historians Present "The Old Girl Network"
I was excited to see this upcoming talk by the Culinary Historians of Southern California: ""The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women."
This is the lead to the blog post about the talk: "Bra burning, Rosie the Riveter, even the Pill: all these are symbols that come to mind when we think of women's lib. But cookbooks? We didn't realize they were on the list. However an upcoming event hosted by the Culinary Historians of Southern California will change all that."
As the Culinary Historians further explain it, "These cookbooks demonstrate how women worked together to help themselves, other women and the outside world. They championed many causes: suffrage, education, temperance, prohibition, equal rights, working conditions, welfare, immigration and legal rights and responsibilities. Along the way, the recipes and how-to advice in the books offer a compelling glimpse into America's cooking habits and its region-by-region culinary heritage."
This is similar to the work I have done on the food sections of women's pages. I hope the talk is taped.