Culinary Historians of Northern California
Culinary Historians of Northern California

Upcoming Event:

Date: Monday, February 19th, 2018

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Location: Omnivore Books (Noe Valley)

Address: 3885 Cesar Chavez St., SF, CA 94131

Phone: (415) 282-4712

Speaker: Letizia Mattiacci, author of A Kitchen With a View: Seasonal Recipes from Alla Madonna del Piatto Cooking School in Umbria, Italy (2nd edition, 2016). Mattiacci will address the history and the artisanal food culture of the Umbrian countryside, based on her own family traditions in the region.



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Unless otherwise noted, all CHoNC events are free and open to the public.

Past Events

13 February 2018

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Carolyn Tillie, author of Oysters: A Global History (2017).


25 January 2018

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Jonathan Kauffman, author of Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat (2018).




5 December 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Justin Spring, author of The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy (2017).


14 November 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Sri Rao, author of Bollywood Kitchen: Home-Cooked Indian Meals Paired with Unforgettable Bollywood Films (2017).


20 October 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South (2017).


28 September 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Shanna Farrell, author of Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community, and Craft (2017).


30 August 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South (2017).


30 July 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff, author of Other Avenues Are Possible: Legacy of the People's Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area (2016).


12 June 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Jamie Purviance, author of Weber's Greatest Hits (2017) and Weber's Smoke: A Guide to Smoke Cooking for Everyone and Any Grill (2012) spoke about the history of barbecue.


2 May 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Peter Gethers, author of My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life (2017).


6 April 2017

CSU-East Bay, Oakland Center

Speaker: Peter Hertzmann on the rise of the electric refrigerator in US households in the first half of the twentieth century.


16 March 2017

California Historical Society

Speaker: Carla De Luca Worfolk introduced her award-winning film "America's Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition." 


23 February 2017

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Andrew Coe, co-author with Jane Ziegelman of A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression (2016).


29 January 2017

Jewish Community Library

Speaker: Bob Kann, author of A Recipe for Success, about Lizzie Kander and the many editions of her Settlement Cookbooks.





8 December 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Elaine Khosrova, author of Butter: A Rich History (2016).


3 November 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: George Geary, author of L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants: Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played (2016).


20 October 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Naomi Duguid, author of Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan (2016).


29 September 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Steven Grasse, author of Colonial Spirits: A Toast to our Drunken History (2016).


18 August 2016

Swedish American Hall

Event: "Twentieth-Century Restaurant Culture in San Francisco," with speaker Erica J. Peters.


22 July 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Ursula Heinzelmann, author of Beyond Bratwurst: A History of Food in Germany (2014).


16 June 2016

Omnivore Books

Speakers: Shanna Farrell (of Berkeley's Oral History Center) in a conversation with Arthur Hartunian and Arne Hillesland, two of the distillers featured in Distilled Stories: California Artisans Behind the Spirits (2016).


19 May 2016

Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco

Speaker: Taryn Edwards spoke on wines and spirits featured at the nineteenth-century Mechanics' Institute's Industrial Expositions.


12 May 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Adrian Miller, author of the James Beard award-winning Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time (2013).


28 April 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Katie Parla, author of Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City (2016).


19 March 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Thomas Parker (Vassar College), author of Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea (2015).


13 February 2016

University of the Pacific, San Francisco

Speaker: Adrienne Rose Johnson (Ph.D. candidate at Stanford and Visiting Scholar in NYU's Dept. of Food Studies, Nutrition and Public Health) spoke on the history of food fads and dieting culture.


20 January 2016

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Bee Wilson, author of First Bite: How We Learn to Eat (Basic Books, 2015).

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