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Women in the Kitchen Audiobook
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Women in the Kitchen Audiobook



by Anne Willan

  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Release date: 08-11-20
  • Language: English

Culinary historian Anne Willan traces the origins of American cooking through profiles of 12 essential women cookbook writers – from Hannah Woolley in the mid-1600s to Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Alice Waters – highlighting their key historical contributions and most representative recipes.

Anne Willan, multi-award-winning culinary historian, cookbook writer, cooking teacher, and founder of La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, explores the lives and work of women cookbook authors whose important books have defined cooking over the past 300 years. Beginning with the first published cookbook by Hannah Woolley in 1661, up to Alice Waters today, these women, and books, created the canon of the American table. 

Focusing on the figures behind the recipes, Women in the Kitchen traces the development of American home cooking from the first, early colonial days to transformative cookbooks by Fannie Farmer, Irma Rombauer, Julia Child, Edna Lewis, and Marcella Hazan. Willan offers a short biography of each influential woman, including her background, and a description of the seminal books she authored. These women inspired one another, and in part owe their places in cooking history to those who came before them. 

Featuring 50 original recipes, as well as updated versions Willan has tested and modernized for the contemporary kitchen, this engaging narrative seamlessly moves through history to help listeners understand how female cookbook authors have shaped American cooking today. 

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Anne Willan




5 hrs and 29 mins

Narrated by

Imogen Church

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