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Mink, Nicolaas "Cooking in the countryside: the rural reform of taste and the Wisconsin Farmers' Institute's cooking schools"


Mink, Nicolaas. "Cooking in the Countryside: the Rural Reform of Taste and the Wisconsin Farmers' Institute's Cooking Schools," Vol. 92, Issue 2. Historian Nicolaas Mink examines how state-funded Farmers' Institute cooking schools brought culinary modernity to the Wisconsin countryside between 1885 and 1933. This article connects Wisconsin's culinary education campaign, promoted by Hiram Smith (1817-1890) and William H. Morrison (d. 1893), and larger social reform movements, such as those promoted by Jane Addams (1860-1935) of the Hull House in Chicago that swept the country during the Progressive Era. Through instruction in culinary science and technique, Mink argues that the Farmers' Institute cooking schools empowered rural farm women and created a lasting impact on the Wisconsin culinary landscape that we know today. (12 pages)

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Citation: Mink, Nicolaas "Cooking in the countryside: the rural reform of taste and the Wisconsin Farmers' Institute's cooking schools" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 92 /Issue: 2 (2008-2009)

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