One of the most tantalizingÂ artifacts in the collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society is Mrs. Lefferts Book, the hand-written recipe book of Maria Lott Lefferts and her daughter Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt, compiled sometime in 1830. Judging by those names, you can get thatÂ Mrs. Lefferts was from a prominent Brooklyn family. Â At one point she lived in the house contained in today’s Prospect Park called the Lefferts Historic House as did her daughter Gertrude who would grow up to become a prominent Brooklyn historian.
Below — A page from Mrs Lefferts’ book of recipes:
The book is filled with traditional Dutch dishes passed down in the Lefferts family through the decades. Oh to imagine a Thanksgiving table of these meals with their rich ingredients and vivid tastes.
Well, imagine no longer! Cancel your dinner plans on Tuesday, November 10, because the BHS will once again present their annual fall fund-raiser Brooklyn Bounty, an evening of food, cocktails and history with special inspiration from Mrs. Lefferts herself.
From the Brooklyn Historical Society: “This yearâ€™s Brooklyn Bounty features curated tastings of a nineteenth century Dutch-American meal with a modern twist. Recipes will be inspired by one of BHSâ€™s prized artifacts, Â Mrs. Lefferts’ Book. Â OurÂ festive special evening will include a live auction, music and more fun surprises!Â Cocktail attire encouraged.”
All proceeds benefit will Brooklyn Historical Society’s popularÂ public programs, education programsÂ and our collections in theÂ Othmer LibraryÂ andÂ museum.
Here’s the link toÂ purchase tickets: https://bkbounty2015.eventbrite.com
Brooklyn Bounty Culinary Advisors
Melissa Clark, Food Reporter, New York Times
Sarah Lohman, Historic Gastronomist, Four Pounds Flour
Paul Neuman, Chief Inspiration Officer, Neumanâ€™s Kitchen
Brooklyn Bounty Chefs & Purveyors
Bartleby & Sage
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
Delaware and Hudson
OddFellows Ice Cream
One Girl Cookies
Shelsky’s Of Brooklyn
Waterfront WinesÂ Â Â & Spirits
1 reply on “Foodies Unite! Brooklyn Bounty Revives Ancient Dutch Recipes”
Funny because all the recipes on the scanned page there are British, When you say ancient I was expecting something from New Amsterdam not something so recent.