The Newberry Library Colloquium

Cookery from the Newberry Collection
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Have you ever wondered what a family in Victorian-era Chicago like the Blatchfords baked in their kitchen on La Salle Street? Or what peasants in medieval Europe feasted upon after the autumn harvest? Are you curious about the festive food traditions of colonial Latin America? Have you pondered what Civil War soldiers on the battlefront might have enjoyed for Thanksgiving dinner? Or what kind of dessert Gwendolyn Brooks served to Gladys and Jack Conroy when they came to her home? You may learn the answers to these culinary questions, and many more, at this week’s colloquium, when cooks and bakers in the Newberry community will bring dishes prepared from recipes found in the collection and tell us about them. We hope that these samples will inspire you to add historic cookery to your menus for the upcoming holidays.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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