I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a fun family baking class at Washington, DC’s historic Hill Center in the Old Naval Hospital in September. We’ll be making and sampling recipes from Malinda Russell’s 1866 cookbook. Malinda Russell, you ask? She’s the author of the first known cookbook by an African American. Born free in Tennessee, she had struggled for equality and planned to immigrate to Liberia. During the Civil War, she was harassed for supporting the Union and she fled north to Paw Paw, Michigan. After the war, eager to return to her family, Mrs. Russell published A Domestic Cook Book to raise funds to get home. You can read what Molly O’Neill wrote about Mrs. Russell and her cookbook here. And you can discover some of her baked goodies and more about her life in my class at Washington’s DC Hill Center on September 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. The class is geared to kids aged approximately 5 to 10 accompanied by an adult and is limited to 15 participants. Register for a fun family baking class here!