The Proof is in the Politics: Women, Cookbooks, and Cultural Power in the Early Twentieth Century

News item published on: 2020-10-13 14:22:00

Join food and cookbook enthusiasts on Thursday, October 29 from 6 – 7 p.m. for Dr. Andrew P. Haley’s virtual cookbook talk.

Haley, an associate professor of history and the Moorman Professor for the Humanities for 2019-2021, will examine the role of Mississippi women’s clubs through a close look at two landmark Mississippi cookbooks, Coahoma Cooking, Every Day and Sunday, Too, and The Dinah.

Community cookbooks conjure images of dowdy women gathered around the table debating the merits of fresh versus canned tomatoes, but the women who created Mississippi’s homegrown cookbooks were, as often as not, politically and cultural engaged citizens whose cookbooks and clubs shaped the lives of Mississippians in the first half of the twentieth century.

Participants are encouraged to prepare a dish from one of the cookbooks and will have an opportunity to talk about their dish prior to the presentation. Cookbooks can be found online: Coahoma Cooking, Every Day and Sunday, Too and The Dinah.

The event is free and open to the public. To attend, please fill out the registration form. All attendees must register in order to receive the link to the Zoom presentation.

For questions or more information, contact Jennifer Brannock at 601.266.4347 or .