Austin History Center event celebrates city’s first cookbook

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"Our Home Cookbook," printed in 1891, is considered Austin's first cookbook.

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Austin’s first cookbook is older than our moontowers.

In tomorrow’s food section, I dig into the story of how Mike Miller, director of the Austin History Center, discovered that the 1891 fundraiser book “Our Home Cookbook” is the third oldest cookbook in Texas and why it was important to bring that book to life by reprinting it.

At 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday), the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St., will host an event to celebrate the release of the book, which is a reprint of the 124-year-old “Our Home Cookbook” that also contains biographical information about the women who produced and contributed to it, the women who owned the copy in the history center’s collections and an analysis of what we can learn by reading the recipes.

If you can’t make the event, you can learn about some of these details in my column for tomorrow, and while you’re at it, here’s a sidebar I did about Texas’ largest cookbook collection, held at the Texas Collection at Baylor. Thanks to a 1,000-book donation from a Houston woman named Elizabeth White, Baylor now boasts 4,000 cookbooks that can teach us lots about life in the Lone Star State.

 


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