Today, we take recipes for granted — that they should be easy to follow, teach us technique, and produce exceptional results. But cookbooks have evolved over the past 1,000 years and their intentions and meanings have changed over time. In the class, we’ll explore:
· The first written recipes on cuneiform tablets
· The visceral delights of eating in the ancient Muslim world
· The first cookbook written by an East Asian woman
· The legacy of Black cookbook writers in America
· The Queer activism cookbooks of the 20th century
…and everything in between! Additionally, participants will receive a guide to accessing these historical sources in print and online!