Kitchen Spices 101: History, Myths, and Legends with Francine Segan

Kitchen Spices 101: History, Myths, and Legends with Francine Segan


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Pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and so much more. Together we will discover the fabulous world of spices in this amusing and fast-paced talk. 

We will learn where spices come from, how they grow, and how they have been used throughout the centuries. A culinary expert will teach us about their history, myths, and legends, and best of all, how we can “spice” up our cooking by trying some new ones. We will come away from this talk knowing engaging trivia faves such as: which spice costs more per ounce than gold; why the 18th c wealthy carried their own personal nutmeg graters; which spice cures a toothache; why the "pumpkin pie" spices were thought to be an aphrodisiac; and which is the secret spice in Worcestershire sauce. 

Led by an expert on food history, Francine Segan, this Conversation will entertain and delight food enthusiasts and professional chefs alike. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the history and uses of spices from around the world.

Francine Segan is a renowned food historian and James Beard-nominated author of six books. She is a regular on TV, appearing frequently on the Food Network, PBS, Discovery, and History Channels. Francine’s articles have appeared in Saveur, Epicurious, Vogue, and Fine Cooking Magazine and she is an often-featured expert in newspapers including the Wall St Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times. She lectures across the USA at such prestigious venues as the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Smithsonian Museum in DC, Virginia Fine Arts Museum, and 92nd St Y, NYC’s premiere cultural center.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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