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September 15 • 7:00 pm


This new cookbook transports the reader back in time to lavish banquet tables set with snow-white linen tablecloths, delicate china, and sparkling crystal glasses. Cuisine featuring rich soups, juicy roasts, and luscious desserts come to life through historic images and artistic photography. Gilded Age details and entertaining stories of celebrities from the era—the Vanderbilts, Astors, Goelets, and Rockefellers—are melded with historic menus and recipes updated for modern kitchens of an era which we’ve seen through books, films, and television shows, including The Alienist and the Julian Fellowes TV series The Gilded Age, on HBO.

In-Person Event: $10 for non-members, $5 for MTH&M Members (please login to access your discount). REGISTER HERE. 

Copies of The Gilded Age Cookbook will be available for purchase and will be signed by the author. 


 About the Author: Becky Libourel Diamond has had a varied career combining writing and research. Her second book, The Thousand Dollar Dinner, tells the unique story of a nineteenth century “Top Chef”-style competition between Philadelphia restauranteur James Parkinson and the Delmonico family of New York. The result was a luxurious seventeen course feast that helped launch fine restaurant dining in America as we know it today. She is also the author of Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America’s Cooking School, a successful nineteenth century pastry chef who also ran an innovative cooking school for young woman – a Philadelphia first. 

 About the Moderator: Jason Scappaticci earned his BA in History from Utica College of Syracuse University. After returning home to CT, he enrolled in Trinity College and earned his MA in American Studies. Professionally, Jason has worked in higher education since 2003. He began his career at Manchester Community College working with low income and first-generation college students. After 16 years at Manchester Community College Jason was named the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Capital Community College. He is currently the Dean of Students and Faculty at CT State Community College Capital Campus. 


Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain


September 15
7:00 pm
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