Rewriting Recipes

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Taught by Sarah Lohman

Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma. 



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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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