Old Treasury Building Seminar, ‘“Good price, reliable recipes, great photos”: the Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks and their influence on Australian food culture’

Online, Friday 19 July 2024, 11.00am to 12.00pm AEST

The Australian Women’s Weekly’s cookbooks were (and still are) remarkably popular. The Weekly, Australia’s most popular women’s magazine, started publishing a range of cookbooks from the late 1930s, but it was during the 1970s when their cookbooks became incredibly popular. Many of the Weekly’s cookbooks, whether the Children’s Birthday Cake Book or the Chinese Cooking Class Cookbook, have become ‘bibles’ in the Australian kitchen. This talk from Lauren Samuelsson will investigate how these books came to be, why they were so popular, and how they helped shape Australia’s food culture.

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