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U-M to cook up culinary history symposium May 13-15

The Longone Center for American Culinary Research at the William L. Clements Library will serve up a large slice of Americana with a symposium May 13-15.

The offerings will range from an exhibition of highlights from the Longone archive to dinner at The Henry Ford's Eagle Tavern. This immersion in culinary Americana will mark the dedication of the Janice Bluestein Longone Archive and its first biennial symposium on American culinary history.

Symposium topics will include, "European Books Seminal to American Cuisine and Early European Views on American Cooking," "Traditional American Foods at the Start of the 21st Century," "Early American Wine Making: The 19th Century Experience," "American Dining Etiquette: How to Set a Table in the Gilded Age" and "Defining an American Cuisine."

Presenters will include cookbook authors Ann Willan and Mark Cherniavsky; Ari Weinzweig, a founding partner in Ann Arbor-based Zingerman's Community of Businesses; Dara Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica; Andy Smith, author and editor-in-chief of the "Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America"; and Dan Longone, founder of the Ann Arbor Wine and Food Society.

And to whet the appetite further, symposium organizers will present a program of historic American culinary music performed by Pulitzer prize-winning composer William Bolcom and his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. The Michigan State University Children's Choir also will perform.

The Longone Center's collection of items about American food is available to scholars and others interested not only in culinary history, but myriad related topics. The archive includes items from the 16th to 20th centuries—books pamphlets, magazines, graphics, menus, maps, manuscripts, diaries, letters, catalogues, reference works, advertisements and other ephemera.

For registration and symposium schedule information, visit:

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