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Early cookbooks started women toward power

The beginnings of the women’s movement were stirred up in the pages of cookbooks. Charity cookbooks, starting at the time of the Civil War, brought women together to champion causes such as suffrage, education, temperance, equal rights, working conditions, welfare, immigration and legal rights, as well as benefiting churches, schools, sororities, the homeless and others […]

Find out about curry

What is Indian curry? Maybe not what you think. Chicago author and teacher Anupy Singla presents “What’s Your Hurry? Enjoy Our Curry!” an explanation of the intricacies of true Indian curries at a public meeting of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts on […]

Chicago restaurants remember Julia Child

Food Dude David Lissner interviews Julia Child during a 1996 Dining Chicago show. The late doyenne of French cookery, Julia Child, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday, Aug. 15. At Old Town Social, Chef Jared Van Camp will celebrate that night with a three-course tribute dinner featuring dishes made from recipes out of […]

Gale Gand popping up all over

Pop over for a pop-up brunch with Chef Gale Gand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Hearty in Lakeview. The James Beard Award-winning chef, co-founder of Streeterville’s Tru, will take over the Hearty Boys’ kitchen to feature dishes from her 2009 cookbook, “Gale Gand’s Brunch!” Autographed copies of the cookbook will […]

Joho offers a taste of Paris, via Las Vegas, on the Mag Mile

Chef Jean Joho of Everest in the Loop and the late, lamented Brasserie Jo, details the food and ambiance of his romantic Las Vegas restaurant in his 2008 cookbook, The Eiffel Tower Restaurant Cookbook: Capturing the Magic of Paris, written with Chandra Ram. From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Joho will appear at […]

Tuscan cuisine highlighted at Winnetka cookbook dinner

  UPDATE: The event at Corner Cooks has been canceled. Johns will instead hold a limited, private cooking class at 1 W. Superior St., Chicago, on Aug. 31. Recipes covered include frittura di autunno, battered and fried fall flowers and vegetables; pan’ santo, bruschette with sauteed greens; ribollita, vegetable and bread soup; peposo, beef braised […]

Tramonto tells all

Former Chicago chef Rick Tramonto, late of Trio in Evanston, Tru in Streeterville and Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood in Wheeling, tells the story of his life in a new book due out next month, “Scars of a Chef: The Searing Story of a Top Chef Marked Forever by the Grit and Grace of Life in […]

Calling all Francophiles!

Chicago chef Jean Joho, chef-partner of Everest in the Loop and the as yet-unnamed concept due to replace his erstwhile Brasserie Jo in River North, will appear at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Alliance Française of Chicago. The Alsace-born Joho is also proprietor of Eiffel Tower restaurant in Las Vegas and recently published […]

Happy anniversary, ChicaGourmets!

It’s a lucky 13 for Chicagoland’s oldest and largest general dining club, some 700 members strong….

Is Chicago the capital of ‘molecular gastronomy’?

The launch of Moto’s “Future Food” TV show, together with closing of Ferran Adria’s groundbreaking El Bulli restaurant in Spain, positions Chicago as the world capital of molecular gastronomy.