Madeleine Kamman, a cookbook author, teacher, and restaurateur, will give a three-hour cooking demonstration on April 30 at 7 p.m. for the benefit of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.
Mrs. Kamman was born and educated in Paris with a major in foreign languages. She acquired much of her knowledge of cooking at the Michelin starred restaurant of her aunt in Touraine. She later received diplomas from Cordon Bleu Paris and from the Ecole des Trois Gourmandes.
She is the author of "The Making of a Cook," "Dinner Against the Clock," "When French Women Cook," and several adaptation-translations of French cookbooks. Mrs. Kamman has been teaching all styles of French cooking since 1962.
Using the historic cookbooks from the Schlesinger Library's Culinary Collection, Mrs. Kamman will prepare six dishes during the demonstration. She will make a salad borrowed from Apicius, a fresh salmon dish with smoked salmon from the 14th century, sweetbreads, with boleti and mushrooms wrapped in puff pastry, duck breast in the style of the cuisine bourgeoise, duck legs in the manner that her great-grandmother prepared them, and a nouvelle cuisine dessert of pears.
The demonstration, sponsored by the Women's Culinary Guild, will be held in Harvard's Science Center. Mrs. Kamman will be leaving Boston his spring, returning to her native France to open a cooking school in the lakeside town of Annecy.
The Schlesinger Library includes a 3,000-volume culinary collection of United States, British and French cookbooks from the 17th century to the present.
Tickets for the demonstration are $30 per person ($25 is a tax-deductible contribution). Sponsor tickets are $50 ($45 is tax-deductible) and include an invitation to a reception on Sunday, April 27, to meet Mrs. Kamman.
Checks, payable to Radcliffe College, may be sent to the Schlesinger Library, 3 James Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. No tickets will be sold at the door.