Visit the Andover Historical Society on July 19, at 7 p.m. for a lecture by Culinary Historian, Joseph Carlin, who will discuss the history of the American cookbook. In 1796 Amelia Simmons’ wrote American Cookery leading to a revolution in cookbook history. This presentation will look at cookbooks throughout the ages and the growth and development of cookbooks in America. Culinary Historian and lecturer, Joseph Carlin appears regularly on the History Channel show American Eats, and has also made appearances on Graham Kerr’s TV series The Gathering Place and the Food TV series Bobby Rivers’ Top 5. His first book, Cocktails: A Global History was recently published by Reaktion Books.
During The History of the Cookbook , Joseph will consider the question where would we be without the cookbook? Whether it is published by a renowned chef or compiled by a family member generations before your time, the cookbook continues to preserve recipes that may otherwise be lost. Over time, the cookbook has become not only a resource for recipes, but a source of entertainment. Cookbooks have evolved into various television shows such as The Barefoot Contessa, among others. More than just television shows, there are entire networks dedicated to the culinary arts, most notably the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and FoodTV. But, in a time when technology was about as advanced as the modern butter churn, how did people learn the tricks of the trade?
During The History of the Cookbook, Joseph Carlin will engage you in a journey back to the early days of the United States. To learn more about Amelia Simmons’ revolutionary cookbook, American Cookery, and to attend the lecture register online or call 978-475-2236.