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They Came Bearing Bread: The Hard Lives of the Porteuses de Pain

“They Came Bearing Bread: The Hard Lives of the Porteuses de Pain” By Jim Chevallier

The Culinary Historians of San Diego present “They Came Bearing Bread: The Hard Lives of the Porteuses de Pain” by Jim Chevallier. For over a hundred years, bread porters, almost always women, hand-delivered bread in French cities. The “porteuses de pain” were a familiar part of French life, portrayed in images, statues, novels and plays, mentioned among familiar morning sights, and often considered to have hard lives.

Author Jim Chevallier will explore how they were viewed, their working conditions, their social roles and family lives, their appearance as both victims and criminals in legal cases, their medical issues and the varied ways they inspired painters, sculptors, photographers, and writers.

Join us at 10:30am-noon on Saturday, March 19, 2022, for this LIVE public lecture in the Neil Morgan Auditorium, downtown San Diego Central Public Library. This in-person event is free and open to the public.

10:30am – 12:00pm
Saturday, March 19, 2022

Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego Public Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

We are holding our public meetings LIVE at the Downtown San Diego Central Public Library. Although no longer required, the library currently suggests all in attendance to wear masks.

About Jim Chevallier

Jim Chevallier’s food history career began with exploring the history of the croissant and the baguette, soon expanding into the wider subject of French bread history, and now the history of Parisian and early medieval food In 2019, Choice magazine named his “A History of the Food of Paris” an Outstanding Academic Title for that year. His history of French bread, Before the Baguette, is a Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winner for 2020. His most recent book is “They Came Bearing Bread: The Hard Lives of the Porteuses de Pain.”

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.

Date

Mar 19, 2022
Expired!

Time

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cost

Free

Location

Neil Morgan Auditorium
330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

Neil Morgan Auditorium is located downtown in the San Diego Central Library.

Culinary Historians of San Diego

Organizer

Culinary Historians of San Diego
Email
[email protected]o.org
Website
https://chsandiego.org/

Culinary Historians of San Diego

Speaker

  • Jim Chevallier
    Jim Chevallier
    Author, Culinary Historian

    Jim Chevallier’s food history career began with exploring the history of the croissant and the baguette, soon expanding into the wider subject of French bread history, and now the history of Parisian and early medieval food In 2019, Choice magazine named his “A History of the Food of Paris” an Outstanding Academic Title for that year. His history of French bread, Before the Baguette, is a Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winner for 2020. His most recent book is “They Came Bearing Bread: The Hard Lives of the Porteuses de Pain.”