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Cynthia Trussell presents “From Planting to Plate: What Primary Sources Reveal About Colonial Kitchen Gardens, Households and Food Preparation.”

In 1796, Amelia Simmons became the first American to publish a cookbook.  A look at her groundbreaking book, 18th century gardening manuals, and period diaries and family cookbooks of other women, illuminates the work that went into running a household and putting food on the table.  Eighteenth century Lancaster resident Sarah Yeates, family to General Edward Hand, wrote down recipes from 1800 to 1816 leaving us a wealth of information about the family’s preferences.  From the humblest meal to the most elegant feast, we will follow the journey that began in the kitchen garden and ultimately ended on the table.

Cynthia Trussell is a long-time volunteer, a past member of the Board of Trustees and the head of the Garden Committee at Rock Ford.

This event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn. No reservations required.  Seating is limited.

Admission: $5 for non-members.  Free for members of the Rock Ford Foundation.