Cookbooks and scrapbooks tell us a lot more than just how a dish is made. What recipes are included often give us an indication of the family’s ethnicity and how that ethnicity was retained over generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations.
On Saturday, September 28th at 4 pm, the Clermont State Historic Site is set to host food historian Peter G. Rose, who will give the lecture “A Taste of Change: Hand-written cookbooks as documents of social and family history.”
Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, Rose will discuss examples of such recipe/scrapbooks, dating as far back as the late 17th century and ranging to the 20th century that contain Dutch recipes. They show the continued identification with the forebears, but also the gradual assimilation.
Photographs of pages in cookbooks as well as 17th Century paintings will illustrate the talk. The audience is encouraged to bring old family cookbooks/recipe boxes and a discussion of the importance of saving such items is part of the program.
Tickets are $12 and are available online. More information is available by calling (518) 537-4240.
Clermont State Historic Site is located at 1 Clermont Avenue in Germantown, off Route 9G. The Historic Site features the mansion, formal gardens, scenic Hudson River views and miles of hiking trails.
Photo of Clermont State Historic Site courtesy Wikimedia user Dmadeo.