With a twinkle in her eyes, Lisa says, “I have been interested in the subject since I started doing all of my genealogical research. Some of the most treasured items passed down to me were the family cookbooks. Although I don’t have any cookbooks from the 18th century, I do proudly have some cookbooks circa 1880 passed down to me from a beloved great-grandmother.” In the Colonial period, there were a limited number of recipes and cookbooks available at the time. Most households only owned one book because of the expense, and that book was not usually a cook book!
Lisa used her engineering background to methodically study the lives and habits of women from day break until dawn. She remarks, “My on-going research has taken several different directions from studying about recipes from great historical people (which one can obtain from the National Archives) to interesting stories chronicling all aspects of colonial life that I pulled from the internet.”
In interviewing Lisa, she used an interesting word, locavore, in describing the eating habits of a Colonial family. I must confess that I had never heard the word used before! So, I looked it up. What is a locavore? It is a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food. That is what Colonial families ate ¬– their own home grown food! Healthier too with no additives, chemicals, hormones, etc.
When giving a presentation to such groups as local Vintage Lady Clubs, DAR, and Colonial Dame Chapters, beautiful Lisa is all dressed up in Colonial attire. She immediately captivates an audience as she takes us back to a time when the role played by women was a BIG one that was necessary to sustain a healthy family life. The women not only cooked and baked, but also “doctored” the household, staff, and tenants! They cleaned, tended to the needs of children, wove, dyed, made soap, made candles, pulled tobacco, sewed, milked cows and even distilled some brew! Lisa vividly brings us through a day in the life of a rugged common Colonial woman and that of a Colonial woman living a more affluent life! Their lives, and roles played were very different.
Lisa also displays period pots, utensils and other items and presents an informative slide presentation.
Lisa began giving her talks in 2009 and has since spoken to clubs throughout the state of NC. If you are interested in having Lisa speak to your group, just email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.