Course DescriptionA spirited inquiry into major events and incidents in food history, starting with the diets and foods of the ancient world (the Middle East, Greece, and Rome), Christopher Columbus and New World foods, great cookbook authors and chefs (the Roman Apicus, Antonin Carême, Auguste Escoffier, etc.), important foods (sugar and cake), and strange foods with strange names (singing hinnies and priest-stranglers). As there is no single text that covers these topics, readings will be drawn from the Internet. Of special note is the lecture on February 15, "What Presidents Ate/Eat," presented to honor upcoming Presidents' Day on February 19, when no classes are held at UCLA. On that day, a field trip to a restaurant of the students’ choice is planned, if possible, one that serves Peanut Soup, George Washington’s favorite. This field trip is designed to present students with an out-of-classroom, complementary learning experience along with an opportunity to meet, socialize and network in a leisurely setting. The instructor shares his PowerPoint presentations with students in an attempt to cut down on students' note-taking.
Mary Ann Wilson
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