The exhibition will be on view in the Schlesinger Library first-floor exhibition area during regular library hours. Recent works published by the conference speakers will also be on display in the library’s lobby during the two-day conference.
An exhibition of treasures from the extraordinary culinary history collections of the Schlesinger Library is on display from April 11 to September 28, 2007, in conjunction with the Radcliffe Institute’s fifth annual gender conference, “Women, Men, and Food: Putting Gender on the Table” (April 12–13, 2007). The exhibition, A Taste of History: A Sampling from the Schlesinger Library’s Culinary Collection, features materials from a collection that has been developed over the past half-century and continues to grow. The selection illuminates gender issues and the achievements of women in culinary work.
Among the items on display are Anna Wecker’s Neu, köstlich, und nutzliches Koch-buch (1679), the first published cookbook by a woman; pages from Julia Child’s papers showing the meticulous pre-filming planning she and her husband did for her television show; colorful illustrated commercial pamphlets, such as “What Mrs. Dewey Did with the New Jell-O” (1933); community cookbooks documenting women’s charitable work; historical photographs; cookbooks from the 1940s and 1950s written for men; and one of the first cookbooks published by a former slave, What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking (1881).