International Women's Day, on March 8, is once again a reason for us to celebrate in the way we know best - through food. We have a Women's Day Brunch and lots of specials, but there's something I want to share with you first. It's the story of how women used food to fight for and secure their rights.
Between 1886 and 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted women in America the right to vote, the Suffragists agitating for this right published some 20 cookbooks.
They used these cookbooks to whip up public opinion, call gatherings and raise funding for their cause.The recipes in these cookbooksincludedeverything from tea to the famous Lady Baltimore Cake and the Emergency Salad.The most famous of these women's rights cookbooks was the Suffrage Recipes cookbook, made famous by celebrities, and the dazzling array of delicious cake and cookie recipes within.
Since it's in the public domain, I'd like to share this Suffrage Cookbook with you.
Suffrage cookbook photos - Schlesinger library
We may have more complex recipes now that the modern kitchen lets you make so easily and effortlessly.But taking a look at the old and worn pages of this cookbook reminds you of the epic struggle these women went through, just to get people to listen to them.
They cooked their way into peoples' hearts, and it wasn't just for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was for their basic rights as human beings. These recipes and the food they served is a feat of cooking – a masterpiece, that no man working in the Evoma kitchen here will ever be able to match.
We're just chefs and cooks, servers and wait staff. Hats off to all the women who made this day possible - March 8, International Women's Day.
If you're in Bangalore, please come to Evoma to celebrate Women's Day with us. We have a very special Brunch affair planned that will wow you with food, drinks and a lot of pampering, and a 50% discount - only for women.