A Librarian’s World – Women and Cookbooks in British Malaya

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Teens, Adults, Educators/Parents
  • Category: Singapore & S.E.A
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Thu, 30 Nov, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 5 - Possibility Room

100 Victoria Street, National Library Board, Singapore 188064

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  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Teens, Adults, Educators/Parents

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Ever wondered what librarians do? In this series of monthly talks, find out what makes our librarians tick as they share highlights of their work from the collections of the National Library.

In Malaya, the cookbook was indispensable to the newly arrived European wife, or memsahib (often truncated to mem), as a guide to reproducing the familiar taste of home in colonial settings. Often written by women for women, how did cookbooks express and shape feminine ideals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?  

Join Librarian Janice Loo as she explores cookbooks, household advice and other materials from the National Library’s collection that shed light on the domestic lives and aspirations of these women.

Discover dishes of the past, learn about the challenges of household management and how women made a name for themselves through cookery and domestic science.

About the Librarian
Janice Loo is a Librarian (Singapore and Southeast Asia Collections) with the National Library. Her responsibilities include collection management and content development, as well as research and reference assistance. She is interested in women’s history and has written on the topic for the library’s quarterly magazine, BiblioAsia.


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