Cook by the Book: “The Age of Innocence”

Cook By the Book:
The Age of Innocence

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Please join us for a special Beyond the Book experience as we continue our Cook by the Book series online. We are thrilled to partner with Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edith Wharton winning the Pulitzer Prize. We will explore the social and culinary traditions of the Gilded Age, as inspired by the prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. We may not be able to share a kitchen at this time, but we can virtually cook together and share a meal. Our evening will include a lecture, and the preparation of dinner, followed by a book club discussion of The Age of Innocence led by Julie Robinson, as we all sit down to enjoy the decadent dinner we have cooked.

We invite you to have anyone in your household join you as we Cook by the Book and enjoy our meal and discussion.

Cream of Asparagus Soup (Crème d’asperges)
Sole with Brown Butter Caper Sauce (Sole à la Grenobloise)
Fresh Strawberry Granita (Granité aux fraises)

We recommend pairing this menu with champagne.


You will receive an email with the recipes and equipment needed before the event date.


Thursday, February 4

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Your own kitchen and table.

$115 per household.

Space is limited. NO REFUNDS.


Newland Archer, an aristocratic young lawyer, is engaged to the cloistered, beautiful May Welland. But when May’s cousin Ellen arrives from Europe, fleeing her failed marriage to a Polish count, her worldly and independent nature intrigues and unsettles Archer. Trapped by his passionless relationship with May and the social conventions that forbid a relationship with the disgraced Ellen, Archer is torn between possibility and duty. Wharton’s profound understanding of her characters’ lives makes the triangle of Archer, May, and Ellen both urgent and poignant. An incisive look at the ways desire and emotion must negotiate the complex rules of society, The Age of Innocence is one of Wharton’s most moving works.


Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. Wharton drew upon her insider’s knowledge of the upper class New York “aristocracy” to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Gilded Age. In 1921, she became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Literature, for her novel The Age of Innocence.


Maite Gomez-Rejón is the founder of ArtBites. She has dedicated her career to exploring the nexus of art and culinary history through lectures, cooking classes, and tastings presented in museums across the country and on her YouTube channel – ArtBites: Cooking Art History. She has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine, and interviewed on KCRW’s Good Food and NPR’s Splendid Table. Her essays and articles have been published in Life & Thyme, Eaten Magazine, Gastro Obscura and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.