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

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    Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the San Pedro Public Library 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731 Free and open to the public Richard Foss speaks on… “Challenges in Culinary History”

    The food taboos, historic diet, and food rituals of a society tell us a huge amount about cultures that . . . → Read More: Challenges in Culinary History, with Richard Foss


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    Sunday, August 18, 2014, at 6:30 PM at Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill 1115 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807 Cost is $40 in advance, $50 at the door if space is available. Information and reservations Richard Foss speaks on… “Dry With A Twist: A Liquid Lesson in How Prohibition Changed America” . . . → Read More: Dry With A Twist: A Liquid Lesson in How Prohibition Changed America

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    Saturday, August 23 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Pacific Palisades Public Library 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades CA 90272 Free and open to the public Piero Selvaggio speaks on… “Scenes From A Culinary Revolution: Four Decades of Italian Dining in Los Angeles”

    Italian cuisine in America has made amazing strides since . . . → Read More: Scenes From A Culinary Revolution: Piero Selvaggio Surveys Four Decades of Italian Dining in Los Angeles


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    Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson speaking on… “Sin and the Silver Screen: The Age of the Hollywood Nightclub”

    The Solmonsons cover the transformation of Hollywood from . . . → Read More: David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, “Sin and the Silver Screen: The Age of the Hollywood Nightclub”


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    Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Anya von Bremzen speaking on… “Poisoned Madeleines: Food, Family, History in the USSR”

    Anya von Bremzen, “Poisoned Madeleines: Food, Family, History in the USSR” What was it . . . → Read More: Anya von Bremzen, “Poisoned Madeleines: Food, Family, History in the USSR”


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    Sunday, October 5, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Home of Sonia Gottesman 13809 Weddington Street, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401-5827 Members Only, $25 per person For further details call (562) 716-7650

    The Culinary Historians are proud to announce the Members Only Fall Event – A journey to the spectacular island of Sicily.  

    . . . → Read More: “Benvenuti alla Cucina Siciliana” Members Only Fall Event

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    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Charles Perry speaking on… “Liquid Heat: The Evolution, Production,and American Obsession of Hot Sauces”

    Looking back to the 17th Century, Charles Perry discusses British attempts to make imitation . . . → Read More: Charles Perry on “Liquid Heat: The Evolution, Production,and American Obsession of Hot Sauces”


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    Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne speaking on… “Flavors of Burma: Land of a Million Pagodas”

    Carmack and Polkinghorne explore Burma’s rich culinary history. Learn about Burmese cookery over . . . → Read More: Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne, “Flavors of Burma: Land of a Million Pagodas”


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    Saturday, December 13, 2014, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Jeffrey Weiss, speaking on… “Charcutería: The Soul of Spain”

    Charcutería: The Soul of Spain is the first book to introduce authentic Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques to the . . . → Read More: Jeffrey Weiss, “Charcutería: The Soul of Spain”


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    Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Charles Perry, Annual Lecture on… “The Golden Age of L.A. Diet Cranks”

    In 1900, the capital of American health foodyism was Battle Creek, Michigan, where grain was celebrated . . . → Read More: Charles Perry’s 2015 Lecture “The Golden Age of L.A. Diet Cranks”


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    Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Dr. Vivienne Kruger, Annual Lecture on… “Bali: Food of the Gods”

    Balinese food is singular among the leading cuisines of the world as it is dedicated to the . . . → Read More: Dr. Vivienne Kruger, “Bali: Food of the Gods”


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    Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Anne Willan on… “Secrets of the La Varenne Kitchen”

    Anne Willan

    Anne Willan has had an extraordinary career in the culinary arts and is recognized as one of . . . → Read More: Anne Willan, “Secrets of the La Varenne Kitchen”

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    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Linda Civitello and Nan Kohler on… “Main Grains: Local & Heirloom”

    Heirloom grains—wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats—are the cure for the common flour. Join food historian Linda Civitello, . . . → Read More: Linda Civitello and Nan Kohler, “Main Grains: Local & Heirloom”


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    Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Andrew F. (Andy) Smith on… “A True History of Sugar”

    Sugar has been on our minds for millennia. First cultivated in New Guinea around ten thousand years ago, . . . → Read More: Andy Smith “A True History of Sugar” (VIDEO)


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    Richard Foss sipping Tea

    Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Andrew F. (Andy) Smith on… “A True History of Sugar”

    No environment on Earth is as alien as space, or as challenging when it . . . → Read More: Richard Foss, “Dining in Outer Space”


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    Liz Pollock

    Moved to 2016, Date to be announced Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Liz Pollock on… “Julia Child: A Well-Thumbed Checklist of Books and Ephemera”

    Liz Pollock, owner of The Cook’s Bookcase, presents a talk featuring works written . . . → Read More: Liz Pollock, “Julia Child: A Well-Thumbed Checklist of Books and Ephemera”


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    Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Piero Selvaggio on… “History of L.A. Italian Restaurants”

    Piero Selvaggio

    Evolution of Italian cuisine in Los Angeles from 1950 to now—including the classic restaurants from the early . . . → Read More: Piero Selvaggio on “History of L.A. Italian Restaurants”

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    Saturday, September 12th, 2015 at 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Ani Boyadjian and Stella Mittelbach on… “100 Years of California Cooking at the Central Library”

    Ani Boyadjian

    Ani Boyadjian, Principal Librarian, Research & Special Collections at Los . . . → Read More: Ani Boyadjian and Stella Mittelbach, “100 Years of California Cooking at the Central Library”

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  • 08/30/15--16:59: 2015 Members Only Fall Event
  • Sunday, September 20, 2015, from Noon to 4:00 PM Raleigh Studios, Hollywood Members Only, $35 per person For further details call Grace Bauer (504) 450-5745 or Janet Fahey (626) 827-5615

    All recipes are from the 1915 Pan-Pacific Cookbook (PPC) published in San Francisco. Each recipe is presented verbatim in italics with its original PPC . . . → Read More: 2015 Members Only Fall Event


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    Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 10:30 AM Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Free and open to the public Ricardo Zarate on… “PERU: Five Thousand Years of Fusion”

    Ricardo Zarate

    Peruvian food is a blend of indigenous, European and Asian flavors. Chef Ricardo Zarate walks us . . . → Read More: Ricardo Zarate on “PERU: Five Thousand Years of Fusion”

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