CHoNC: Sandra M. Gilbert 6:30 pm tomorrow (May 14) at Omnivore!


Topic: "The Poetics of Ice Cream: The Delight and Dread of Recipe Poems."

Speaker: Sandra M. Gilbert, UC Davis professor emerita of English and author of The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity (W. W. Norton, 2014). From the recipe novel to the celebrity chef, renowned scholar Sandra Gilbert explores the culture and politics of food.

Co-sponsor: The Italian-American Studies Association/Western Regional Chapter (WRC-IASA)


** Wed. May 27 • Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets • 6:30-7:30p.m. • Omnivore Books • FREE
Darra Goldstein, the founding editor of Gastronomica and

the author of many books including A Taste of Russia: A Cookbook of Russia Hospitality (and a longtime friend of CHoNC), will be in town to talk about editing the Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. More than just a compendium of pastries, candies, ices, preserves, and confections, this reference work reveals how the human proclivity for sweet has brought richness to our language, our art, and, of course, our gastronomy. In nearly 600 entries, beginning with "à la mode" and ending with the Italian trifle known as "zuppa inglese," the Companion traces sugar’s journey from a rare luxury to a ubiquitous commodity.

** June 15: deadline for submission of stories, recipes, and photos for an edited collection entitled Lost and Found: Savory Stories and Classic Recipes from Sacramento Home Cooks. (Any material from Placer, Amador, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, El Dorado, Calaveras, and Nevada Counties is relevant.) For more information contact Maryellen Burns at foodtalk.


** Digest: a Journal of Foodways and Culture, an open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal, is soliciting submissions for the Fall 2015 issue and beyond. Submission guidelines at More details at

** Applications are being accepted for a new Food Studies Master of Arts Program through the University of the Pacific. The MA program will hold classes at a new campus south of Market Street in San Francisco; classes will also be simulcast online. For more information about the curriculum or to apply, visit kalbala.


Erica J. Peters
Director, Culinary Historians of Northern California
Author, San Francisco: A Food Biography (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)
Phone: (650) 938-4936
Twitter: @EricaJPeters
Email: ejpeters