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'the shell shocked history of peanuts'


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'the shell shocked history of peanuts'

joan | Jun 3, 2002 11:32 AM

another guaranteed-to-please lecture is coming up saturday, june 15 at the culinary historians of chicago. our last one, with noon-o-kebabs owner was a smash, as she not only spoke passionately about persian food, but brought 16 full steam pans of food for us to try. (normally each lecture is followed by a 'taste' of something related to the lecture, not a full meal).

andrew smith who has just written a new book called, 'the illustrious history of the goober pea', and has previously authored books entitled, 'the tomato in america', and 'pure ketchup', teaches culinary history at the New School University in Manhattan. he is an excellent lecturer, and a scholarly researcher on american foodstuffs and foodways. he will be talking about the history of the peanut which is no small part of american food culture, as you can probably imagine. if you cant make the lecture and want to purchase his book, go to to order an autographed copy at $29.95. i dont believe its in stores yet. mr. smith is a frequent food lecturer and is the editor-in-chief of the upcoming Oxford Press, 'Encyclopedia on American Food and Drink'.

reservations are required for the lecture and non members pay $10. rsvp by emailing, we meet 10am, at the chicago historical society. if you want to come but want more info or dont want to go alone, feel free to email me. joan

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