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Cooking up History at the Holiday Festival

December 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Smithsonian American History Museum

Cooking Up History showcases a guest chef and a Smithsonian host preparing a recipe and talking about the history and traditions behind its ingredients, culinary techniques, and enjoyment. In 2018 we’re introducing a new thematic series on regional foodways.

Wrapping up the year and our culinary journey, the team will take a look at regions in the middle of the country, exploring foods and flavors from the Midwest with two demonstrations at the Smithsonian Holiday Festival

Cooking Up History for Kids
Guest chef: Tanya Steel

Dive taste buds first into this child-friendly cooking demonstration program with celebrity cook and author, Tanya Steel. During the program, Tanya will tell us about historically significant recipes from her new book: Food Fight! A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What and Why Through the Ages.

After the demo, Tanya will sign copies of her book, Food Fight! Books will be available for purchase on site.

Exploring the Midwest
Guest chef: Anne Byrn
Anne Byrn, author of American Cake, has a new cookbook that is timely for your holiday sweet tooth: American Cookie. Continuing our annual theme of regional foodways in America, Anne will prepare several sweet regional favorites from the Midwest.

After the demo, Anne will sign copies of her book, American Cookie. Books will be available for purchase on site.


December 1, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm