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The Strangest Cooking Methods in the World
November 21, 2020

Free to All Ages

Start Date/End Date:
November 21, 2020
November 21, 2020
Start Time/End Time:
10:30 am
12:00 pm
Culinary Historians of San Diego will present “The Strangest Cooking Methods in the World,” featuring Richard Foss, at 10:30 am to noon, November 21, via a Zoom webinar. Foss will explain how previous generations prepared their meals when fuel wasn’t available, and how they improvised when a source of free heat presented itself. People have cooked using heat from volcanoes, hot springs, automobile engines, laundry appliances, weapons and other ingenious methods. This is a light-hearted history of culinary innovation from prehistory to the present day. Richard Foss has been writing professionally since 1986, when he started reviewing restaurants for the Los Angeles Reader newspaper. Since then he has contributed to over thirty different publications, including the Encyclopedia of World Food Cultures and Oxford Companion to Sweets. He taught “500 Years of American Food” and “American Fermented” at Osher Institute/UCLA Extension, and is on the board of the Culinary Historians of Southern California. His book on the history of rum was released by Reaction Books in April 2012. “Food in the Air and Space; the surprising history of food and drink in the skies,” was released in December 2014. Richard is now working on a history of immigrant cuisines in California in conjunction with an exhibition he is curating called “Cooking Up a New West.” This will open at the Autry Museum of the American West in May of 2022. Use this link to Register for this event: