Date: Wednesday, April 25, 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: Adam Federman, author of Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray (2017). For more than thirty years, Patience Gray―author of the celebrated cookbook Honey from a Weed―lived in a remote area of Puglia in southernmost Italy. She lived without electricity, modern plumbing, or a telephone, grew much of her own food, and gathered and ate wild plants alongside her neighbors in this economically impoverished region. She was fond of saying that she wrote only for herself and her friends, yet her growing reputation brought a steady stream of international visitors to her door. In Fasting and Feasting, biographer Adam Federman tells the remarkable life story of Ms. Gray, from her privileged and intellectual upbringing in England, to her trials as a single mother during World War II, to her multifaceted career and her culinary adventures in later years.
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8 March 2018
Speaker: Kristy Leissle, author of Cocoa (Polity Press, 2018), speaking about her research into the politics and economics of cocoa in West Africa.
1 March 2018
Speaker: Ken Albala, professor of history and food studies at the Univ. of the Pacific and author of 25 books, most recently Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession (2018).
19 February 2018
Speaker: Letizia Mattiacci, author of A Kitchen With a View: Seasonal Recipes from Alla Madonna del Piatto Cooking School in Umbria, Italy (2017).
13 February 2018
Speaker: Carolyn Tillie, author of Oysters: A Global History (2017).
25 January 2018
Speaker: Jonathan Kauffman, author of Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat (2018).
5 December 2017
Speaker: Justin Spring, author of The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy (2017).
14 November 2017
Speaker: Sri Rao, author of Bollywood Kitchen: Home-Cooked Indian Meals Paired with Unforgettable Bollywood Films (2017).
20 October 2017
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
Speaker: Shanna Farrell, author of Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community, and Craft (2017).
30 August 2017
Speaker: Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South (2017).
30 July 2017
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
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
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
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
Speaker: Elaine Khosrova, author of Butter: A Rich History (2016).
3 November 2016
Speaker: George Geary, author of L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants: Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played (2016).
20 October 2016
Speaker: Naomi Duguid, author of Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan (2016).
29 September 2016
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
Speaker: Ursula Heinzelmann, author of Beyond Bratwurst: A History of Food in Germany (2014).
16 June 2016
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
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
Speaker: Katie Parla, author of Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City (2016).
19 March 2016
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
Speaker: Bee Wilson, author of First Bite: How We Learn to Eat (Basic Books, 2015).