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All Stirred Up tells the story of the forgotten suffragists, who fought for the right to vote with cookbooks and food, rather than picket signs and hunger strikes. Find out how these ever courageous and creative suffragists carried their cause into America’s homes. Filled with actual historic recipes (“mix the crust with tact and velvet gloves, using no sarcasm, especially with the upper crust”)  – in their original form and adapted for the modern cook – and the spirited flavor of feminism and food movements of the suffrage era, All Stirred Up carries us back in time. Learn about the suffragists and their surprising opponents, find out why they used cookbooks and food in their campaign, and what their recipes tell us about the foods Americans ate during that time.

Laura Kumin spent decades as a lawyer before she became an author, teacher and cooking coach. Her specialty is combining history/culture and cooking, with an eye toward illuminating the little-known corners of a historical period or movement. Laura is the author of two books in that genre: All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote and The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating & Entertaining in Hamilton’s World.

At her blog, Mother Would Know, Laura encourages readers to become confident and creative home cooks. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, the Jewish Food Experience, and the Huffington Post. Laura has done podcasts and programs for a variety of audiences and groups, including the National Press Club and Tudor Place, a National Historic Landmark.

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Laura Kumin's talk "All Stirred Up"


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