Political Appetites: Culinary Activities in the Early Republic

Political Appetites: Culinary Activities in the Early Republic
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12/16/2019 10:00 AM
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3/5/2020 6:30 PM
United States Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20515, US
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Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History and Culinary History, Towson University

Metaphors linking food to politics were a popular way to communicate in the mid-eighteenth century; the language of food was easy to understand. Imported tea and luxury foods symbolized the corrupt British parliament and politicians were often described derisively as spoiled ingredients. This lecture focuses on the culinary activities that occurred in the gendered space of the kitchen. Women authored cookbooks and recipes that functioned as tools for domestic reform while providing a platform for promoting democratic ideals. From ladies’ boycotts of imported tea in the late eighteenth century and their defiant use of homebrews such as Liberty Tea, to the vast number of individual recipes developed with patriotic associations such as hostesses prepared sweet treats for their guests in praise of the new and fragile nation. Join us for an evening of Liberty Tea, Washington Pie, and Democratic Tea Cakes as we explore this link between food, drink, and political expression during the years surrounding the American Revolution.

Please note: Small bites and beverage samples will be provided. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

DATE: Thursday, March 5

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Conservatory Gallery



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This program sponsored in part by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden

$5.00 per Friend
$10.00 per Non-Member
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United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
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