Rewriting Recipes

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Taught by Sarah Lohman

Dubbed a “historic gastronomist,” Sarah Lohman recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past. She chronicles her explorations in culinary history on her blog, Four Pounds Flour, and her work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She appears on the Cooking Channel's Food: Fact or Fiction? and is 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy with co-founder Jonathan Soma.

Currently, she works with museums and galleries around the city to create public programs focused on food, including institutions such as The American Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Science, Boston, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Her first book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, was published with Simon & Schuster in 2016. 

 

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Did you inherit grandma's recipe book, but can't understand her notes? Are you interested in cooking with historic cookbooks, but the recipes make no sense? In this class, you'll learn techniques for interpreting these tricky vintage and historic recipes.

We'll unveil tricks to modernize these recipes for today's kitchen: how to translate proportions, flesh out directions, find comparable ingredients and most importantly, how to pull inspiration from these historic and family recipes to create unique contemporary dishes. We'll also cover modern recipe formatting and tips.

Students are invited to bring in their own vintage cookbooks and their family's handwritten recipe cards for a personal consultation.

 

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