“Women in the Kitchen” by Anne Willan
The Culinary Historians of Southern California are pleased to present the first of our online events, a transatlantic conversation with one of the world’s most renowned culinary authors.
Women cookbook writers have had a profound influence on the way we eat today. In her new book, Women in the Kitchen: Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today, Anne Willan profiles twelve of these women–from Hannah Woolley in the mid-1600s to Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, Edna Lewis, and Alice Waters. Anne will discuss the lives and works of these women, whose important books have defined cooking over the past three hundred years. Highlighting their historical contributions and most representative recipes, she shows how they created the canon of the American table.
Anne will explore these topics with CHSC Vice-President Nancy Zaslavsky via Zoom, and during and after the meeting you may submit questions that Anne will address at the end of their conversation.
Attendance is by registration only and there is a cap on participation in this event. To register for this event, please go to:
For questions about this event, and technical details, please contact Richard Foss at [email protected]
Anne Willan has more than 50 years of experience as a cooking teacher, author, and culinary historian. The founder of famed French cooking school La Varenne, Anne was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Hall of Fame for her “body of work” in May, 2013. She has also received the International Association of Culinary Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award, multiple James Beard Foundation Awards for her cookbooks, and was named Bon Appétit magazine’s Cooking Teacher of the Year in 2000. In July 2014, Anne was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the French the Légion d’Honneur for her accomplishments in promoting the gastronomy of France. Her more than 30 books include La Varenne Pratique, (1989); The Country Cooking of France, (2007); and The Cookbook Library, (2012).
See a previous interview of Anne Willan by Nancy Zaslavsky here:
and an interview of Mark Cherniavsky here: