Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Omnivore Books (Noe Valley)
Address: 3885 Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: (415) 282-4712
Speaker: Elaine Khosrova, author of Butter: A Rich History (Algonquin Books, November, 2016). An award-winning writer who specializes in food history and gastronomic culture, as well as a former pastry chef and fellowship student at the Culinary Institute of America, Khosrova serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself. To research the book Khosrova travelled across three continents—from the ancient butter bogs of Ireland to the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet. In her own words, "Beginning with early butter practices devised for the religious, spiritual, and medicinal needs of communities, to its impact on empire building...and later to butter's twentieth-century battle with margarine makers and fat-free zealots, this is a food…whose history reveals our ambitions as much as our appetite."
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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
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13 February 2016
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