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JHU Students to Recreate 18th or 19th Century Desserts

January 22, 2018
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906 / Cell: 443-547-8805
jrosen@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: Like The Great British Baking Show or the Cake Wrecks blog? Johns Hopkins University students enrolled in a new intersession course called “Cooking the Books” will experience a bit of both this week as they try to recreate desserts from 18th or 19th century recipes. The big bake is their class final, and worth 50 percent of their grade.

Students will bring their creations to class, where they will do short presentations and then everyone will get to try the desserts.

WHEN: 6:15 p.m., Thursday Jan. 25.

WHERE: Brody Learning Commons of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus, Macksey Room, M-level.

BACKGROUND: Between semesters, students have a chance to take “intersession” courses for credit. Some of the classes are serious; others offer a bit of fun. Cooking the Books is like Rare Books 101, where students learn the history behind rare cookbooks – some dating back to the 15th century, some hand-written. They also explore how early cookbook writers built recipes and how those techniques can be quite a surprise for modern cooks.

Members of the media who expect to cover the class should RSVP to Jill Rosen at 443-997-9906 or 443-547-8805 or jrosen@jhu.edu.


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