Noted food historians Colleen Taylor Sen, Carol Mighton Haddix and Bruce Kraig co-edited the recently-published Chicago Food Encyclopedia. They will share stories of the foods and food establishments that make Chicago “an American culinary paradise,” focusing on iconic classics with ties to Rogers Park and West Ridge.
About the Speakers
Carol Mighton Haddix is a former food editor of the Chicago Tribune. She has edited many Tribune cookbooks, as well as Chicago Cooks: 25 Years of Food History with Menus, Recipes, and Tips from Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation Book Awards committee and Les Dames d’Escoffier International.
Bruce Kraig has an abiding interest in hot dogs and all that they mean to human beings, and has published several books on the topic. But, he does have other interests. With a Ph.D. in History (and Archeology), he is Professor Emeritus in History at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Professor Kraig has taught courses in history, prehistory, popular culture, American social and cultural history, the history of food, world cultures, political and legal problems food, and travel and tourism. He has lectured on these subjects in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Australia and has an international reputation as a food historian with special emphasis on the cultural and social significance of food.
Colleen Taylor Sen is a food historian and writer specializing in the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Travel and Leisure, Food Arts and other publications. She is the author of Food Culture in India; Curry: A Global History; Pakoras, Paneer, Pappadums: A Guide to Indian Restaurant Menus. She is a long-time resident of West Ridge and a dedicated Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society volunteer and former Board member.
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