In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East, shows how the living cared for the dead and how the ancients conceptualized the idea of the human soul in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant.
The show is built around two themes: the offering of food and drink on regular occasions to nourish the dead in the afterlife, and the use of two or three-dimensional effigies of the dead, often made of stone, to preserve their memory and to provide a means of interaction between the living and the dead. Continue reading →
Illinois has a thriving wine industry although this may come as a surprise to many residents of Illinois and beyond. Clara Orban, author of Illinois Wines and Wineries: the Essential Guide (SIU Press, 2014) will present the history of Illinois wines, with some little-known facts about an industry that dates back more than 150 years. She will also compare Illinois to other Midwest States and then see how the Illinois wine industry compares to that of the West Coast powerhouses. She will give an overview of the different wine regions of Illinois, the current status of grape varieties, and look into the future of Illinois wine. Continue reading →
The “New York Times” has referred to her as a “culinary guru. So to call Dorie Greenspan an impressive cookbook author is an understatement. Over a span of 20 years, she’s written 10 cookbooks, received six James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals awards, and worked with culinary giants such as Pierre Hermé, Daniel Boulud, and Julia Child. She is a two-time winner of the IACP Cookbook-of-the-Year Award, And there’s more to Dorie-she’s as sweet as the sugar she writes about. That’s why we have asked her back for her third appearance before the Culinary Historians of Chicago. Dorie will dish out a behind-the-scenes look at her newest book, “Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.” Continue reading →
Duncan Hines (1880–1959) may be best known for the cake mixes, baked goods and bread products that bear his name, but most people forget that he traveled across America discovering restaurants and offering his recommendations to readers in his best-selling compilation Adventures in Good Eating. His biographer, Louis Hatchett, will explore the life and legacy of a savvy businessman, American icon and an often-overlooked culinary pioneer. Continue reading →
More than one million Swedes immigrated to the United States in a great wave during the 19th and early 20th century. While the impact they had on American cuisine continues today, their culinary influence is often overlooked. Join us as New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Flinn shows how there’s a lot more to Swedish cuisine than smorgasbord. Continue reading →