Activists, pioneers, poets, physicists, authors — there’s no shortage of women in history who’ve paved the way for the rest of us and continue to serve as inspiration. It’s only natural that we want to know everything about them, too. If we can mimic even one aspect of their lifestyle, we tell ourselves, we can bridge the gap of the space-time continuum and absorb a little bit of their fierceness. And one of the most enjoyable ways to potentially do so is through food. If coconut cake helped Emily Dickinson write her timeless poetry, let us all eat cake!
In researching this story, two things transpired. First, we came away with a tasty arsenal of new recipes (or new spins on old favorites) that, if nothing else, should prove a welcome addition to the dinner table. But, more poignantly, we realized how food serves as both an equalizer and a connector — it is a tie that binds women in history across all races, professions, classes and time periods.
So, feast your eyes on the following recipes inspired by some of history’s most badass women. You’ll get to see some of your heroes in a different light and, when all is said and done, you can quite literally feast.
A version of this article was originally published March 2019.