Gastronomy Assistant Director Calls Handwritten Recipes an Old-School “Social Network”

in Barbara Rotger, Faculty News, Gastronomy, MET News, Programs
November 19th, 2019

Gastronomy Assistant Director Calls Handwritten Recipes an Old-School Social Network - Agostino Recipes, John Tlumacki Boston Globe

Barbara Rotger, assistant director of MET’s liberal arts-focused Gastronomy program, knows the value of the handwritten, handed-down, personalized recipe. A program alum herself, she even made reviewing personal recipe collections the focus of her master’s thesis (which can be read here).

In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, Rotger explained how looking at old cooking primers can provide a link to the past, from a time before Facebook and Twitter. “You see [people’s] social network,” she explained. “Maybe there’s a mimeographed sheet with recipes from this week’s church ladies guild luncheon.”

Read more in the Boston Globe here.