Join us for a scrumptious edition of Community Connections where we will learn about the history of Betty Crocker and her famous cookbook.
Long before Martha Stewart, there was Betty Crocker. In 1950, her brand-new Picture Cook Book hit shelves, with sales that rivaled that of another big book, The Bible. To date, it has sold more than 75 million copies.
Created in 1921 by a flour company, Betty Crocker became the most famous and most trusted advisor to American cooks. This fun illustrated lecture by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., looks at how Betty Crocker was invented, why her cookbook has endured and what makes her so iconic. It's perfect if you're feeling like cooking up some nostalgia.
Leslie Goddard is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting history programs for more than ten years. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history as well as a master’s degree in theater. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on history and currently works full-time as an author and public speaker. Her programs have been presented for hundreds of museums, libraries, senior centers, clubs, and other organizations around the country.
This program is pre-recorded video that will be available for viewing for a period of two weeks. Look for links to the video on the Library's social media accounts. No registration is required.
Community Connections is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.