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“Cookbooks and the Women Who Wrote Them” by Arlyn Hackett

The Culinary Historians of San Diego present “Cookbooks and the Women Who Wrote Them” featuring Arlyn Hackett, at 10:30am on Saturday, November 16, 2013, in the Darlene Shiley Special Events Suite of the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego.

The focus of Chef Hackett’s talk is the reality that cookbooks, especially antiquarian cookbooks, are often more than just a collection of recipes. Prefaces and introductions to recipes often reveal incredible information about the prevailing attitudes, standards and prejudices of the time.

Chef, Arlyn Hackett will present readings excerpted from period cookbooks, ranging from 1796 to the present, and has juxtapositioned the selections to give a revealing, informational, sometimes humorous, and sometimes jolting, look at the history of American cooking and American women. The readings will be delivered by professional and amateur actresses.

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Darlene Shiley Special Events Suite
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

About Arlyn Hackett
Chef Hackett, cooking instructor, “foodstorian,” and a former San Diego Union-Tribune food writer has written five cookbooks, taught cooking to all ages including young children, teens, adults and professional chefs. Currently, he is a Culinary Arts instructor in the College Career and Technical Education program of the San Diego Unified School District.

About the Culinary Historians of San Diego
Culinary Historians of San Diego (CHSD) is a nonprofit organization that provides the public with a history of food and drink and their roles in society, both locally and worldwide. Membership in this non-profit organization supports both CHSD activities and the culinary collection of the San Diego Public Library.

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Nov 16, 2013


10:30 am - 12:00 pm




Darlene Shiley Event Suite
330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

Darlene Shiley Event Suite, 9th floor, San Diego Public Library