History and Danish cooking, combined

A book about cookbooks, Danish cookbooks, to be exact, is the subject of a talk in Ballard this Wednesday by “Danish Cookbooks” author Carol Gold.  Her premise is that you can tell a lot about a people’s culture and history by how they cook, according to a description of the book: “Over time, cookbooks allow us to trace the course of empires, of social roles, and of new nations. ‘Danish Cookbooks’ draws from three hundred years of cookbooks to trace the growth of a bourgeois consciousness, the development of domesticity and gendered spheres, and the evolution of nationalism and a specific Danish identity from the early seventeenth to the end of the nineteenth century.”

Update: Hear her talk at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, at the Ballard public library (not the Secret Garden Bookshop as we first reported.)

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