A Taste of Change: Handwritten Cookbooks and the Stories They Tell Us, a program by Peter G. Rose, has been set for Saturday, October 20 at 1:30 pm at the First Reformed Church of Scotia.
Hand-written cookbooks tell more than just how a dish is made; they are also documents of social and family history. Family recipes often give an indication of cultural heritage and how it was retained over generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations.
Using Dutch and New Netherland customs and food history as examples, culinary historian Peter G. Rose will discuss a variety of such recipe/scrap books, dating as far back as the late 1600s, and ranging to the 20th century, that contain Dutch recipes. Photographs of pages in cookbooks as well as paintings of the 1600s will illustrate the talk.
One of the cookbooks Ms. Rose found in her research is that of Maria (Sanders) Van Rensselaer, which is in the collection of Cherry Hill in Albany. Maria was the niece of John Sanders, whose wife Deborah Glen (1721-1786) was the last Glen to live in the house that is Scotia’s Glen-Sanders Mansion. Maria lived in Albany and she likely visited Scotia on many occasions; one of her cookies will be on the menu for the event.
This discussion can apply to the family or community cookbooks of any other group as well. The audience is encouraged to bring old family cookbooks/recipe boxes, or community or church cookbooks, to share and discuss after the talk.
Following the program guests can sample a selection of Dutch desserts, with most of the recipes from these old cookbooks.
The talk is free, with a suggested donation for the food and beverage.
This program is supported by a Humanities New York Quick Grant, the Village of Scotia, and the First Reformed Church of Scotia. For more information, click here.
The First Reformed Church of Scotia is at 224 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia.
Photo of family cookbook provided.