Culinary Historians of Northern California
Culinary Historians of Northern California

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Overview: The Culinary Historians of Northern California is a non-profit educational organization focused on the role of food and drink in human history. The purpose of this group is to encourage informal exchanges and conversations among people living in Northern California who work on and/or like to talk about culinary history. 

Past Events



9 December 2020

Zoom Platform

Rena Goff on "How We Made Pasta Noodles: Kneading 200 Years of Recipes."


7 November 2020

Zoom Platform

Jennifer Pagano on "Creating Sunset Magazine's Cooking Department: A Study of Men, Women, and Cooking in the 1930s."


16 October 2020

Membership survey for the incoming Leadership Team


17 September 2020

Zoom Platform

Carole Bumpus, author of Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, vol. 1 (2019) and vol. 2 (2020).


20 August 2020

Zoom Platform

Rafia Zafar (Washington Univ.), author of Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning (2019).


22 July 2020

Zoom Platform

Richard Foss, food historian and board member of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, spoke about "The Strangest Cooking Methods in the World." You can find his upcoming lectures listed at:


25 June 2020

Zoom Platform

John Ota, author of The Kitchen (2020) and member of the Culinary Historians of Canada.


14 May 2020

Zoom Platform

Matthew Booker, professor of history at North Carolina State Univ., the author of Down by the Bay: San Francisco's History Between the Tides, and co-editor of Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates.


19 April 2020

Zoom Platform

Host: Jewish Community Library & Jewish LearningWorks

Speaker: Rachel B. Gross (SFSU) speaking on "Jews, Schmaltz, and Crisco"


March 2020 - Pandemic disruption


29 February 2020

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Darra Goldstein, Professor of Russian (Emerita) at Williams College, editor-in-chief of CURED Magazine, and author of many books, including Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore (2020).


16 January 2020

Omnivore Books

Speaker: Peter Hertzmann, author of 50 Ways to Cook a Carrot (2020) and Knife Skills Illustrated: A User's Manual (2007).




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