What does cake mean for different people? How have we come to have such a huge variety of cakes? What had to happen historically for them to appear? And what can they tell us about the family, and women&aphos;s roles in particular?
Alysa Levene, author of Cake: A Slice of History will be discussing the history behind one of our much loved delicious treats. Cake: A Slice of History travels through time from King Alfred to our modern-day love of cupcakes, via Queen Victoria&aphos;s patriotic sandwich, the Southern States of America, slavery and the spice trade, to the rise of the celebrity chef . . . and so much more.
Alysa Levene is a social historian at Oxford Brookes University (and enthusiastic amateur baker). She has researched and published articles and books on a variety of topics which connect with this book: the history of childhood, health, the family, and food.
Tickets for this event include a special cupcake treat and cost £5. To purchase a ticket please visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.