Fri, April 24, 2009 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
Although the existence of Emma Darwin's recipe book has long been known to students of Darwiniana, it has seldom received much attention. As part of the celebration of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth, food historian and geneticist Weslie Janeway places the cookbook in the context of family letters, diaries, and household accounts to create a window into the social history of Victorian cookery and the Darwin home.
Weslie Janeway studied political science at Columbia and Brown universities before working in the finance industry. In 2006 she moved to Cambridge, England, to study genetics. She not only writes about food history, but also works in a stem cell laboratory in Cambridge and serves as a Trustee of The Jackson Laboratory, a genetics research institute in Bar Harbor, Maine. She is the co-author of Mrs. Darwin's Recipe Book: Revived and Illustrated.