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Welcome!

We’re not all historians here, but we’re all interested in food history.

To see what we’re up to, check out our schedule below and some of our previous lectures, and maybe drop by the Los Angeles Central Library for one of our free monthly lectures.

If you decide to join, your dues go to buy historical cookbooks and manuscripts for the Central Library’s collection, one of the most important in the country.

UPCOMING EVENT

Used Cookbook Sale

  • Sunday, August 30, 2015, from 8:00 AM till we run out of books
  • Hollywood Farmers’ Market
  • 1600 Ivar Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Free and open to the public

Items for sale include cookbooks, magazines, culinary ephemera, menus, and more! Parking is available at the ArcLight Theater on Sunset: First two hours for $3 with MARKET validation; market rate after – entrance at Ivar and Sunset. All street meters are $2 per hour on Sundays. Metering starts at 8am. Private parking lots in the area generally cost $5. The market is near the Hollywood and Vine Metro Station.

NEW VIDEO

Richard Foss “Dining in Outer Space”

No environment on Earth is as alien as space, or as challenging when it comes to providing nutritious, appetizing food.
Dining in Outer Space

UPCOMING EVENT

Ani Boyadjian and Stella Mittelbach, “100 Years of California Cooking at the Central Library”

  • Saturday, September 12th, 2015 at 10:30 AM
  • Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
  • Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St.
  • Free and open to the public

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pan Pacific International Exposition and the 20th anniversary of the Culinary Historians of Southern California. Explore the depths of Central Library’s resources about food and drink and learn how to perform your own culinary history research online.

UPCOMING EVENT

Piero Selvaggio on “History of L.A. Italian Restaurants”

  • Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at 10:30 AM
  • Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
  • Downtown Central Library, 630 W. 5th St.
  • Free and open to the public

Evolution of Italian cuisine in Los Angeles from 1950 to now—including the classic restaurants from the early days of fine dining to the trattorias of today—influences, changes and current state of Italian food in the United States through Piero’s personal experience and insider perspective.