Our friends at the Culinary Historians of Southern California have alerted us to the following events:
Luigi Ballerini is a Professor of Italian at UCLA. At the October meeting Ballerini will discuss his two latest forays into Italy’s rich gastronomic past: an unabridged English translation of Pellegrino Artusi’s 1891 classic, Scienza in cucina (Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well, University of Toronto Press), which is recognized as the first Italian cookbook – in the sense that it was the first to put under one cover recipes from all regions of the newly unified country; and The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookery Book (University of California Press), which presents over 200 recipes written in the late 15th century by Maestro Martino, who has been called the first celebrity chef and the father of the dinner party. A contemporary chef has updated 50 of Martino’s recipes which are included as an appendix in the book. A signing/dining, featuring samples of recipes from Artusi and Martino follows.
Also mark your calendars for Jet Tila, “The History of Thai Cuisine in Los Angeles” on Saturday, November 12, 2005, 10:30am at the Central Library (Los Angeles).
CHSC programs at the Central Library are free and open to the public. Discounted parking at the Library is available to those with a valid LAPL library card after 10:00am.