Laura Kumin, All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote
Laura Kumin discusses her book, All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote, and demonstrates a recipe from the book with the help of Vivi Lachs, author of Whitechapel Noise.
We all likely conjure up a similar image of the women’s suffrage movement: picket signs and militant marches through the streets. But Laura Kumin shows us that these suffragettes were far from the stern caricatures their detractors made them out to be. Ever courageous and creative, suffragists also carried their radical message into America’s homes through cookbooks which ingeniously packaged political strategy to women on their own terms, in nonthreatening and accessible ways.
Cooking together, feeding people, and using social situations to put people at ease were pioneering grassroots tactics embraced by suffragists that leveraged the domestic knowledge women already had. Filled with actual historic recipes that evoke the spirited flavor of feminism and food movements, All Stirred Up re-activates the taste of an era and carries us back through time.
Co-sponsor: Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit’s Women’s Philanthropy, Helayne & Jeffrey Kaplan
Promotional Partner: Sholem Aleichem Institute of Michigan
About the Author:
After several decades as a lawyer, Laura Kumin started her blog, “Mother Would Know,” and authored The Hamilton Cookbook. In addition to writing for The Washington Post and HuffPost, she taught a course called “Dishing the Diaspora” to teens and has taught adult education. Laura is active in the Washington, D.C. Jewish community and writes for the Jewish Food Experience.
About the Moderator:
Vivi Lachs is a social and cultural historian, Yiddishist, and associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London 1884-1914, Making Multimedia in the Classroom, and has written articles on education and Jewish history. She performs and composes music to London Yiddish lyrics. Ms. Lachs’s appearance is supported by Wayne State University Press.
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