Friday, April 20, 2012

Food Friday: American Women's ORT

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

In some cases, a community cookbook represents a much larger community that is outside the boundaries of a city or even county. In the case of A Portfolio of Cookery. From Traditional to Modern by the Women's American ORT. District XI (1975) that community includes several western states.

The introductory page of the cookbook explains "Women's American ORT is an organization dedicated to the philosophy that vocational education can give constructive direction and secure productive lives for those who receive it. This concept has been its guiding light since 1880 and, as a result, over one million men, women, boys and girls have been graduated from ORT schools." ORT is an acronym for Organization for Rehabilitation through Training. You can read more about the Women's America ORT on the Jewish Women's Archive website.