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Everybody knows what a cookbook is — or do we? They’ve been around at least since the Middle Ages, dispensing information on something that all households formerly had to do at least three times a day. Whether written by pros or home cooks, they convey more about their begetters and users than can be reduced to teaspoons and tablespoons. Over and beyond advice on buying, preparing, and serving food for purposes of health, thrift, glamour, or pure pleasure, they can speak volumes about the societies and times that have produced them — including our own. Far-reaching change is underway within the genre as recipes migrate online, or into e-books and culinary apps. The future undoubtedly holds even greater changes in the entire economics of cookbook publishing.
This conference is planned as an eclectic gathering of those who publish, write, edit, agent, research, or simply buy and use cookbooks. Our object is to share as inclusive a range as possible of our very different learning experiences. Our explorations will take two broad overall directions: Track I: “Cookbooks Past and Present: Looking Beneath the Sauce-Splattered Page”; and Track II: Cookbook 2020: “The Future of the Cookbook.”
We hope you will enjoy the conference. Cathy Kaufman, Anne Mendelson, Adam Salomone, Bruce Shaw, and Andrew F. Smith
A note about the conference format:
The conference runs over 3 days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 9-11. There are separate registration fees for Thursday, and for Friday and Saturday. You may register: 1) for a workshop on Thursday; 2) the Conference on Friday and Saturday; or 3) both. (There is no single-day registration for Friday or Saturday.) Thursday is dedicated to workshops only. The three offered workshops will run simultaneously, so registrants can only select one workshop. There is a separate registration fee for the workshops. Pre-registration is a must; no walk-ins. Friday and Saturday are the core of the conference program. On each day, 5 time blocks will each offer 2 or 3 sessions from which to choose either Track I or Track II sessions. These 28 sessions (14 each day) are not pre-registered—you may sample all of them or stick with a single one per block.