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Kentucky Cookbook Heritage 2014

John van Willigen, Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture

The Filson Historical Society

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

Louisville, KY

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Food is a significant part of our daily lives and can be one of the most telling records of a time and place. Our meals — from what we eat, to how we prepare it, to how we consume it — illuminate our culture and history. As a result, cookbooks present a unique opportunity to analyze changing foodways and can yield surprising discoveries about society's tastes and priorities.

In Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage, John van Willigen explores the state's history through its changing food culture, beginning with Lettice Bryan's The Kentucky Housewife (originally published in 1839). Considered one of the earliest regional cookbooks, The Kentucky Housewife includes pre—Civil War recipes intended for use by a household staff instead of an individual cook, along with instructions for serving the family. Van Willigen also shares the story of the original Aunt Jemima — the advertising persona of Nancy Green, born in Montgomery County,

Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture

John van Willigen

Food is a significant part of our daily lives and can be one of the most telling records of a time and place. Our meals—from what we eat, to how we prepare it, to how we consume it—illuminate our culture and history. As a result, cookbooks present a unique opportunity to analyze changing foodways and can yield surprising discoveries about society’s tastes and priorities. In Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage, John van Willigen explores the state’s history through its changing food culture, beginning with Lettice Bryan’s The Kentucky Housewife (originally published in 1839). Van Willigen also shares the story of the original Aunt Jemima—the advertising persona of Nancy Green, born in Montgomery County, Kentucky—who was one of many African American voices in Kentucky culinary history.

John van Willigen is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Kentucky and the author of many books, including Food and Everyday Life on Kentucky Family Farms, 1920–1950.

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Oxmoor Farm
720 Oxmoor Avenue
Louisville, KY 40222

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)


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