Opening of “Recipe: The Kitchen and Laboratory in the West, 1400-2000”

April 22, 2014
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

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Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Please consider yourselves warmly invited to the opening of “Recipe: The Kitchen and Laboratory in the West, 1400-2000,” an exhibition of rare books and ephemera in the collections of the UO Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in Knight Library.

The exhibit covers 600 years of documenting the practice of experimentation — ranging from extraordinary illustrated works cataloguing botanical materials for medicines to photographed cakes tracking the effect of baking soda for home economists. Prof. Vera Keller (Honors College) and co-curator Jennifer Burns Bright worked on this for most of the year, and they found some amazing stuff buried in the archives. You will see a stove invented by Benjamin Franklin and stoves used in queer communes in Southern Oregon, not to mention soursop seeds, jerboas, vegan punk johnnycakes, and blue blazer cocktails.

Cosponsor Party Downtown will help celebrate this history with recipes inspired by some of the cookbooks, and Brew Dr. Kombucha, serving Just Ginger kombucha, which already has a strong relationship to the SCUA with proceeds for the brew going to the Ken Kesey collection.

The opening will take place on April 22 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. downstairs in the Browsing Room of Knight Library. Tours to Special Collections take place at 4:00 and 4:30, and there will be short presentations by Jennifer Burns Bright and Vera’s students in the Honors College, who helped craft the labels for the early part of the exhibit, as the tours are taking place. The exhibit be open to the public and free of charge during SCUA’s opening hours through June.