Secondary sources interpret and analyze primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Examples include: Textbooks, journal articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, and encyclopedias.
Interrogating a Primary Source:
Who created the item and what is their historical significance? Was it a professional chef or a home cook? What can be gleaned about their social status?
Who was the intended audience and what inferences can be drawn about them?
Where was it created and when?
Where does the source fit into the chronology of the period being studied?
What key names, dates and events can be gleaned from the item?
What attitude towards the subject matter/event does the creator of the item seem to impart? (e.g. What tone is set? Are there interesting word choices and what might the author's choice in their use mean? Why was it created and what purpose did it originally serve? What biases may inherently or intentionally exist in it?).
Directions: Consult with the team whose cookbook pairs with yours to answer the following guiding questions.
Owens, Sarah. 2015. Sourdough Baking: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More. Boston: Roost Books.
America's Test Kitchen. 2005. Cook's Illustrated 2005. Brookline, MA: America's Test Kitchen.