First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas

02/10/2019 all-day
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street
SE Washington
DC 20003
Jan 19 – Mar 31, 2019
Mon–Sat: 10am–5pm | Sun: noon–5pm

Just like today, getting food from farm to table in the early modern British world was hard work. And just like today, most of that hard work went unrecognized.

First Chefs tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of early modern food culture, and juxtaposes the extravagance of an increasingly cosmopolitan and wealthy upper class against the human cost of its pleasures: the millions of enslaved women, children, and men, servants, gardeners, street criers, and laborers who toiled to feed themselves and many others.

First Chefs

This exhibition includes five “First Chefs,” whose stories are told in the center of the hall