Tasting the Table | Design History Society Workshop

30 March 2016
17.30- 20.30 (dinner & drinks provided)
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL

Hosted by Jane Levi, Food & Cultural Historian
Tickets £15, £5 for DHS members (includes supplies and dinner)

How much can we understand about the tastes, techniques and aesthetics of historic tables without experiencing them for ourselves?

Design historians often look to the furniture, flatware, crockery and dressings of consumption to tell us about cultural contexts of taste – both sensorial and cultural. In this hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to dynamic ways of reading and interpreting history via its cookbooks, using texts and paintings to consider rituals of consumption by making and tasting historical recipes.

Part illustrated talk, part paleography, part guided cooking class, this workshop gives participants the tools to get deeper inside the everyday life of historical consumption practices – through its food. Historical paintings and food texts, especially cookery and recipe books, household manuals, and gardening books are much more than curiosities. They are deeply revealing resources about their time, with a richness of detail about the everyday and social contexts. Reading is not always research enough: we need to smell, taste and feel our food.

Over the course of the evening participants will work in small groups to create different dishes from 17th-18th century cookery books. The evening’s workshop will conclude in a feast where we test and discuss each group’s contribution to the main table.

Please note: some of the dishes may contain nuts, meat, wheat and dairy products. If you have strong allergies or dietary constraints please check with Michaela Young in advance of booking a place: designhistorysociety@gmail.com
Please book to reserve your ticket. Spaces are limited.


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