Exploring Fields of Study: Cooking in the Archives


Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:00pm



What can food teach us about culture and history? How do simple interactions around food and eating reveal nearly invisible details of social life? Why can mundane things--like restaurant menus and family recipes--teach us about complex histories of resilience and connection? Anthropologists, in their study of human culture and sociality, often investigate food in order to understand the nuances of daily life. In this short workshop, we will explore a historical American recipe for "Matzoh Egg Foo Young" and its relationship to Jewish-American and Chinese-American communities. We will look at how this recipe and a related menu from the 1950s reveal the complex interactions of immigration and ethnicity in the post-war USA.

Zoom link can be found in the Harvard College Events Calendar.