In A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins, we follow one recipe over three hundred years, exploring topics that include gender roles, slavery, kitchen technology, and food traditions/heritage. Click HERE for the lesson plan.
Questions to consider
Domestic Labor: gender roles & race
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18th century gender role activity
1. Make a twig whisk
Experiment with your twig whisk, a modern whisk and an electric mixer, which beats cream or eggs faster (time how long it takes) and which one beats them to the stiffest cream or meringue?
Food and Culture Activity
2. Call or video conference a relative or close family friend and ask them to share a family recipe, including when the recipe is made (a special holiday or event?), and who the recipe came from.
Whisks & Refrigeration history