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Cookbooks as a Surprising Window into Our Past

Why study cookbooks? They offer so many insights into people today and in the past. For those of us interested in women’s studies, cookbooks provide women’s voices when few other resources recorded them. Cookbooks tell us what traditions women wanted to preserve and transmit by inviting us to see the recipes women treasured from their grandmothers and shared with family and guests around holiday tables. Whether those foods were cooked by the women themselves or instructions were provided for household help is also part of what we find in cookbooks. Thus we see how cookbook authors lived and entertained. One cookbook published early in the last ...