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January 2005

Program:Our Annual Cooperative Dinner

This month is our annual Cooperative Dinner with the theme of "Recipes from Julia Child." Choose a recipe (a favorite or new-to-you) from any of her many cookbooks. Plates, cups, bowls, eating utensils, and napkins will be provided but please bring anything needed for serving your contribution, as well as any interesting information related to the recipe you have chosen.

Directions: Alexandria House (tallest building - 23 stories - in Old Town), is at the intersection of N. Pitt and Madison Streets, Alexandria, just five minutes south of Washington National Airport. Pitt Street is parallel to and two blocks east of Washington Street (George Washington Parkway), toward the Potomac River. From the south, Madison Street is 7 blocks north of King Street. From the north, enter Alexandria on the Parkway, turn left at Madison St. (5th traffic light) and go 2 blocks. Park on the street. The entrance to Alexandria House is off Pitt St. You will be met in the libby.

Future Meetings

February 13: Philip J. Hilts - "Protecting America's Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation"
March 13: Claire Cassidy - "Family Culinary Archaeology"
April 10: Elisabetta Castleman - "Italian Regional Cuisine"
May 1: Shirley Cherkasky - "The Mediterranean's Colorful Contributions to American Confectionery"

Our January and February meetings will be held at Alexandria House, until renovation has been completed in our new regular meeting place, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland. Directions to B-CC Serivces Center will appear in the February and March issues of CHoWLine.

Report: December 5 Meeting

Members provided citrus-related refreshments: Kari Barrett - orange chocolate-chip cake; Zina Pisarko Musgrove - fruit and tapioca mix; Katherine Livingston - candied citrus; Hi Soo Shin Hepinstall - Korean Fruit Cake; Francine Berkowitz - Orange Chicken; Cathy Gaber - spiced nuts; Shirley Cherkasky - orange macaroons; Julia Abrahams - Turkish Delight; and Pat Reber - a cookie assortment. A "whatzit" brought in by Zina was determined to be a plastic drinking straw for Vietnamese bubble tea.

In the vote on the theme for our January cooperative dinner, there was overwhelming support for "Recipes from Julia Child." The other proposal was "Food from the Great Depression."

Pierre Laszlo, a French science writer and professor of chemestry emeritus at the University of Liege (Belgium) as well as the Ecole polytechnique (Palaiseau, France), presented a slide-illustrated talk on the history of orange juice as a beverage, from his forthcoming book, Citrus. As a science writer, he has published extensively (ten monographs and textbooks, a dozen books to communicate chemical science to the general public) but he is perhaps best-known to American culinary historians for his well-received Salt: Grain of Life, published by Columbia University Press in 2001.

News of Our Members

A book review by Shirely Cherkasky of William Woys Weaver's Country Scrapple: An American Tradition appeared in the Fall 2004 issue of Gastronomica.

Coming Events Elsewhere

So many culinary history events are being organized by so many groups in so many lcales that it is hard to keep up.

May 13-15: Symposium at the Longone Center for Culinary Research, University of Michigan. More information available later.

September 2005: Oxford Symposium. No information available yet.

October 5, 2005: Joan Peterson, author of Eat Smart in India and several other Eat Smart Guides, is planning a culinary tour to Northern India. She has room for only six more participants. Further information and an itinerary will be available soon.

On The Reading Table

Meeting notice, Culinary Historians of New York, January 2005.
Meeting notice, Culinary Historians of Chicago, January 2005.
Newsletter, Culinary Historians of Boston, VOl. XXIV, No. 8, December 2004
Meeting notice, Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin, January 2005.
Gravy, Southern Foodways Alliance, No. 16, Fall 2004.
Meeting notice, Culinary Historians of Northern California, January 2005.