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The Cooks Oracle: A Database of Historical Cookbooks with Barbara Ketcham Wheaton
NYU Food Studies
New York, NY
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Culinary Historians of New York


"The Cooks Oracle: A Database of Historical Cookbooks"
Barbara Ketcham Wheaton

Monday, May 9, 2016

Cookery books and manuscripts are primary source documents for culinary historians, but with so many books in different languages scattered among archives worldwide, how is one to begin researching? Imagine a database of culinary works, one that allowed the researcher to search by recipes, ingredients, techniques, or equipment in tens of thousands of European and American cookery books dating from the fourteenth century forward. Impossible? No: The Cooks Oracle, the culmination of more than fifty years of painstaking effort by Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, does precisely that. Wheaton will explain the genesis and development of The Cooks Oracle and, with queries from the audience, will demonstrate a new way of doing culinary history research that will raise the bar for all of us in the field.

Barbara Ketcham Wheaton is the author of Savoring the Past: The French Table from 1300 to 1789, honorary curator of the culinary collection at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies in Cambridge, MA, a founder of the Culinary Historians of Boston, a founding member of the American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, and the 2007 recipient of the CHNY Amelia Award.

A reception will precede the talk with dishes made from historical recipes.

NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

411 Lafayette St., 5th Fl. (between West 4th and Astor Place)
New York, NY 10003

Time: 6:30 pm check-in and reception | 7:00 pm program

Fee: $25 CHNY members |$22 CHNY Senior members | $40 Nonmembers and Guests |$10 Full-time students with ID | No charge for NYU students/faculty, but a reservation is required.

For further information about CHNY, see: https://www.culinaryhistoriansny.org

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There is no pay-at-the door option for this program.

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NYU Food Studies (View)
411 Lafayette Street, 5th fl.
New York, NY 10003
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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