Mourad Lahlou: New Moroccan

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Mourad Lahlou: Chef at Aziza and Author, Mourad: New Moroccan

Arriving in California from Marrakesh in 1985 to go to college, a homesick, young Lahlou began to channel memories of watching his mother and aunts as they prepared traditional Moroccan dishes at home. In 2001, he opened Michelin-starred Aziza in San Francisco, named after his mother, where he adopts traditional Moroccean dishes in stunningly creative ways. In 2009, he won Iron Chef America by the largest margin in the history of the show.

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Exploring the Origin of the Modern Cookbook

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Anne Willan: Author, The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook

From the opulent banquet halls of the Burgundian dukes to the tables of simple English countrymen and American settlers, Willan explores the religious, economic and political crosscurrents that influenced their meails. She traces the development of recipes over time, and updates these recipes for the modern kitchen.

This project is a deeply personal labor of love, and a fascinating tour through culinary history and book collecting.

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