The Baker Talks! Jessie Sheehan
The Sharon Historical Society & Museum and Gallery SHS are pleased to welcome the public to a special The Artist Talks! program on Saturday, August 18th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This program will feature baker and Sharon resident Jessie Sheehan. Sheehan is a cookbook writer, recipe developer and food blogger, blogging about all things sweet at www.jessiesheehanbakes.com and is on Instagram at @jessiesheehanbakes. Her first book, Icebox Cakes, was published in 2015. Her second book, The Vintage Baker, was published this spring.
The Vintage Baker includes old-fashioned recipes for sweets and treats, inspired by Sheehan’s collection of vintage recipe pamphlets, which Sheehan has twisted and tweaked for the 21st century baker. Selections from Sheehan’s pamphlet collection are currently on display at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum as a complement to Gallery SHS’s juried art exhibit Farm to Table. At this The Baker Talks! program Sheehan will discuss her pamphlet collection and her process in developing The Vintage Baker. This will be an informal interactive program during which those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions. The event is free and sweet refreshments based on recipes from The Vintage Baker and beyond will be served. The book will be available for purchase and Ms. Sheehan will sign copies for buyers.
Jessie Sheehan began working at Baked in Brooklyn as an assistant pastry chef after abandoning a short-lived legal career. While there, she did in-house recipe testing for the first two Baked cookbooks. After leaving Baked, she began working as a freelance recipe developer, editor, and tester, and as the head recipe developer for the next three Baked cookbooks. Sheehan’s interest in vintage cookbooks was sparked a decade ago when she became intrigued by the colorful design and retro vibe of some baking pamphlets from the early twentieth century that she found at a Brooklyn junk shop. The recipes in a way mirror America’s history. For instance, the rise of baking powder during World-War I demonstrates the ingenuity of frugal homemakers seeking a less expensive alternative to whole eggs as a leavener for cakes. Years later, cookbooks from the 1950’s reflect a more prosperous time and signal a new dawning of culinary experimentation and extravagance.
The Farm to Table show and vintage pamphlet display continue in Gallery SHS through August 24th during regular SHS hours. All art purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.
Gallery SHS is in the Sharon Historical Society & Museum located at 18 Main Street, Route 41, Sharon, CT. The Gallery and Museum are open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 4:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Visit the SHS website at www.sharonhist.org. For more information call 860-364-5688 and consult the SHS Facebook page for additional details about this event.