The Rosenbach Podcast: Episode 15

The First Course. Finding Historic Menus in the Rosenbach’s Collection

In the first episode of Rosenbach Test Kitchen, join Associate Curator and host of The Rosenbach Podcast Dr. Alexander L. Ames in the reading room of the Rosenbach with Director Kelsey Scouten Bates, Curator and Senior Director of Collections Judy Guston, Librarian Elizabeth Fuller, and Registrar Jobi Zink for some research into American history, as the team locates historic dishes represented in our rare books and manuscripts.  Judy and Elizabeth offer perspectives on the richness of the Rosenbach’s holdings in American history before Kelsey, Jobi, and Alex dive into the objects that inspired their dishes of choice for the Rosenbach Test Kitchen competition: a letter about parmesan cheese written by Thomas Jefferson and a travel journal kept by Englishman James Edward Moxon as he journeyed across the United States in the 1800s. 


A box of recipes from the Marianne Moore Collection at the Rosenbach, a vast literary and historical collection documenting the everyday life and literary achievements of acclaimed American Modernist poet Marianne Moore. Rosenbach accession number 2022.0006.001.