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Dedicated to pursuing food history and supporting culinary collections at the Los Angeles Public Library

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    2012-10-20 Panel – Classic Desserts.mov from Chris Griffiths on Vimeo.

    Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Grace Bauer and pastry chef panel speaking on… “The Girls are Baking: Los Angeles’ . . . → Read More: The Girls are Baking: Los Angeles’ Classic Desserts (VIDEO)

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    Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 2:00 PM at the Pacific Palisades Library 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades CA 90272 Free and open to the public Peter Moruzzi speaking on… “Continental Style from Caesar to Thermidor: Classic Dining in America”

    Nightlife historian (and CHSC member) Peter Moruzzi takes you to America’s finest mid-century restaurants – . . . → Read More: Continental Style from Caesar to Thermidor: Classic Dining in America (Non-CHSC event)


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     Recipes for goodies after the talk! Orange Kiss-Me Cake Recipe with Sheila’s Notes!

    Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Laura Shapiro on… American Originals: Rethinking the Pillsbury Bake-Off

    The 1950′s . . . → Read More: American Originals: Rethinking the Pillsbury Bake-Off (VIDEO)


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  • 11/10/12--17:23: Tunnel of Fudge Cake
  • For everyone who was at our November 2012 meeting – American Originals: Rethinking the Pillsbury Bake-Off, here’s the recipe that was discussed from the Nordic Ware site by one of our members. It sounds delicious!

    A grand winner in a national baking contest! Very rich and moist with a buttery flavor.

    Ingredients Cake:

    1 3/4 . . . → Read More: Tunnel of Fudge Cake


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    Andrew F. Smith teaches culinary history at the New School University in New York. He is the author or editor of 23 books, including his latest, American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food (University of California Press, 2012)

    Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public . . . → Read More: Andy Smith speaks on “American Drinking History” (VIDEO)

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    Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Charles Perry speaking on… Eating My Way Across Uzbekistan

    Click for Recipes from today’s Lecture

    Charles says, “I’m reporting on my expedition to Uzbekistan . . . → Read More: Charles Perry’s 2013 Lecture – Eating My Way Across Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

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    Noël Riley Fitch

    Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Noël Riley Fitch and Bert Sonnenfeld, with Nancy Zaslavsky discussing… Journeys with Julia

    Bert Sonnenfeld

    Noël Riley Fitch is a biographer and . . . → Read More: Noël Riley Fitch discussing “Journeys with Julia” (VIDEO)

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    Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Pacific Palisades Library 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades CA 90272 Free and open to the public Peggy Sweeney-McDonald speaking on… ” Café du Monde, Hubigs Pies, and Louisiana Food Traditions and Stories”

    No state is as famous for food and good living as Louisiana, but . . . → Read More: Café du Monde, Hubigs Pies, and Louisiana Food Traditions and Stories (Non-CHSC event)


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    Barbara Haber

    Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Barbara Haber speaks on… Cooking in Captivity: How American Civilians Survived WWII in Japanese Prison Camps

    Immediately after attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese . . . → Read More: Barbara Haber speaks on “Cooking in Captivity: How American Civilians Survived WWII in Japanese Prison Camps”


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    Kitty Morse

    Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Kitty Morse speaks on… Memories of the Kasbah!

    Casablanca-born Kitty Morse, an expert on Moroccan cuisine, warmly coaxes you into her late father’s . . . → Read More: Kitty Morse speaks on “Memories of the Kasbah!”


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  • 04/16/13--17:59: Los Angeles Heritage Day
  • The Culinary Historians of Southern California joined over 70 other heritage groups on Sunday, April 14, 2013, to celebrate the history of our diverse community. We gathered in the Pico House at El Pueblo Historical Park, the birthplace of Los Angeles and home of world famous Olvera Street. There were representatives from historic homes, museums, . . . → Read More: Los Angeles Heritage Day


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    Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Jon Krampner speaks on… “Creamy & Crunchy – An Informal History of Peanut Butter”

    Peanut butter is one of the most popular American foods. When . . . → Read More: Jon Krampner speaks on “Creamy & Crunchy – An Informal History of Peanut Butter”


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  • 05/11/13--10:05: The Egyptian Goes Egyptian!
  • Saturday, May 18, 2013, at begins at 1:00 PM ends by 5 PM Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

    Theatre is between Las Palmas and McCadden, just east of Highland Avenue in Hollywood. Selma Avenue is just south of the theatre. Parking details at www.egyptiantheatre.com. The Egyptian is a very short walk east . . . → Read More: The Egyptian Goes Egyptian!


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    Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public William Rubel speaks on… Song of the Wheat: The History of Bread, Grains, and Leavenings from Pre-history to Today

    Bread from the Upper Paleolithic to . . . → Read More: William Rubel speaks on “Song of the Wheat: The History of Bread, Grains, and Leavenings from Pre-history to Today”


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    On March 10th, a group of CHSC members spent an afternoon exploring Filipino food and culture. We started at the Island Pacific Market, where the company’s chef who had flown in from San Francisco for the occasion explained Filipino food products and led tours.

    Click on any image below for a full screen slideshow.

    After . . . → Read More: CHSC Members Only Filipino Market & Dinner


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    Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Pacific Palisades Library 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades CA 90272 Free and open to the public Bruce Kraig speaking on… “Man Bites Dog: History of the Hot Dog”

    Hot dogs are as American as apple pie, but how did these little sausage links become icons . . . → Read More: Man Bites Dog: History of the Hot Dog (Non-CHSC event)


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    Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Linda Lau Anusasananan speaks on… Soul Food of the Chinese Nomads

    Linda Lau Anusasananan, author of The Hakka Cookbook, Chinese Soul Food from around the World, . . . → Read More: Linda Lau Anusasananan speaks on “Soul Food of the Chinese Nomads”


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    Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Culinaria Query: Is Food Art?

    Are chefs artists, technicians, or skilled laborers? Can food be a medium for expression, or is it just a meal? . . . → Read More: Culinaria Query: Is Food Art? (Non-CHSC Event)


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    Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Pacific Palisades Public Library 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades CA 90272 Free and open to the public Mark Thompson speaks on… In Search of the Origins of California Cuisine

    The first cookbooks published in California mostly reflected the culinary heritage of the places the authors . . . → Read More: Mark Thompson Lecture at Pacific Palisades


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    Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 10:30 AM at the Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Linda Lau Anusasananan speaks on… Soul Food of the Chinese Nomads

    Linda Lau Anusasananan, author of The Hakka Cookbook, Chinese Soul Food from around the World, . . . → Read More: Linda Lau Anusasananan speaks on “Soul Food of the Chinese Nomads”


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