Plates, cups, eating utensils, and napkins will be provided but please bring any utensils needed for serving your contribution to the feast, as well as any appropriate anecdotal or historical information that you may have.
Mar. 9: Warren Belasco - Three Perspectives on the Future of Food
Apr. 13: Susan McCreary - Strawberries
May 18: Anne Bower - Reading Community Cookbooks
Those at the meeting had to contend with a chilly meeting room warmed by space heaters, which unintentionally added the correct atmosphere for enjoyment of the hot coffee and tea and the Krispy Kreme doughnuts brought by Sally Epskamp and Corinne Hayward. Francine Berkowitz's doughnut sandwiches also were enjoyed, and everyone soon was sporting a Krispy Kreme doughnut server's paper hat that Sally reported was provided by the long-established KK shop on Route 1, south of Alexandria. Our speaker, David Shayt, said he felt as if he were speaking to a KK employees' convention. He was undaunted when the slide projector's need for electricity in addition to the space heaters' needs blew a fuse, but that was soon remedied and the show went on. See Food-Based Collections at the Smithsonian by David H. Shayt, Division of Cultural History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
On February 6-8, 2003, Copia: the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts (in the Napa Valley) will host a "Symposium on the Culture of Cuisine: Food as Power." For more information, visit www.copia.org.
May 2-4, 2003: "Brillat-Savarin Revisited: An Exploration of the Emergence of Gastronomy in 19th-Century France," a conference at Boston University, co-sponsored by the International History Insitute and the Institute for Medieval History, will draw upon the academic resources and culinary history expertise of the Boston University Department of History, the Culinary Historians of Boston, the B.U. Masters in Gastronomy program, the French Library, and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College. Registration is $175 per person and included continental breakfasts, lunches and banquet. For information about fees and registration, please contact Beth Forrest at email@example.com, 617-358-0226, or on the web at www.bu.edu/history.
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The U.S. Botanic Garden and the Botany Department of the National Museum of Natural History are teaming up to offer more public programs about plants. The first joint public show is planned for this month at the Botanic Garden and will feature the history and cultural significance of tea.
"Tea in the Floating World," an exhibition at the Freer Gallery that opened December 8 and will remain until May 26, 2003, features tea ceremony paraphernalia representing the less familiar side of tea-drinking customs in Japan's Edo period (1615-1868).
"Ice Cream: The Whole Scoop" is the current exhibition at the Atlanta History Center. Created by the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland last summer to bring to light the history, art and technology of American ice cream, the exhibition will remain in Atlanta until May 26, 2003. For more information: www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.
"What's Cookin' in Cape Fear" at the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, NC, an interactive exhibit that explores the development of the region's foodways during the 19th century, focuses on the role of the Cape Fear River and Wilmington's port. For more information: 910 341-4350.
No further news on the Drexel University degree-granting program in food history. Anyone interested in learning more about it immediately my email Will Weaver ( W3Food@aol.com).
She also reports that aficionados of Gosford Park will be interested in an article in the December-January issue of In Britain, the magazine of the British Tourist Authority. Under the title, "House Keepers," Pat Moore "goes beyond the green baize door" to discuss arrangements for servants in British historic houses of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She includes a listing of over 20 such houses where servants' and kitchens may be toured. The article is not available on-line, but information about the magazine can be obtained from www.inbritain.co.uk.
Also from Katherine: The October 2002 issue of the journal Technology and Culture includes a set of articles (originally presented at a conference at the Hagley Museum in November 2000 that some of us attended) on "how commercially driven design and mass-produced technologies settled into the kitchens of the United States in the twentieth century." The set begins with a general introduction by Joy Parr, who discusses, among other issues, how housing -- and particularly, kitchen -- design was a reflection of and vehicle for social policy on both sides of the Atlantic in the early part of the century. Next, Abigail A. Van Slyck describes cooking and serving arrangements at American summer camps between 1890 and 1950, examining how the evolution from self-reliance on the part of the campers to professionalized food services was related to ideas about class and gender. Then Shelley Nickles recounts the market surveys and other strategies by which refrigerator manufacturers made these once-elite appliances available and appealing to the middle-class housewife. Finally, Amy Sue Bix discusses training in home economics from 1920 to 1980 (specifically at Iowa State College) and the emphasis places on scientific and technical understanding of the equipment enthusiastically espoused by the home economists. The same issue includes two other related articles, an account by Susan Strasser, with extensive bibliography, of the recent development of a "field" of consumption history, by no means limited to food, and a consideration by Robert Friedel of food preparation as an example of technology.
From an annual compilation of recommendations by the Librarians' Assembly of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries as one of the "Books We Liked": Dalby, Andres. Dangerous Tastes: The Story of Spices. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. "A cultural history of the spice trade from ancient times. Answers the question about why my favorite cookies have nutmeg in them."
From Bullrakes to Clambakes: The Occupational Folklife of the Narragansett Bay Shellfishery, by Michael Bell, a Rhode Island folklorist and writer, is a paperback published in 2002 by the Heritage Harbor Museum in Providence. It adds another dimension to the programs we've had on Saltwater Foodways by Sandy Oliver and the Chesapeake Bay fishery by Gina Jenkins.