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The Art of Distillation

The Art of Distillation

Friday 5/10 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Join Maite in the first in a series of evening programs at the Huntington!

Start the evening in the library’s reading room to look through and discuss what is possibly the earliest detailed book on distillation, The Art of Distillation, authored by English physician John French and first published in London in 1651. After exploring the book, participate in a cocktail-making workshop. Bread, cheese and nuts provided.

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image from The art of distillation: or, A treatise of the choicest spagyrical preparations, experiments, and curiosities, performed by way of distillation…” by John French

Five Sips

Five Sips

Saturday 5/11 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Explore the important role of beer, wine, coffee, tea and spirits – five of the beverages that changed the world – through the Huntington’s collection. After the tour, use each beverage as an ingredient in a hands-on cooking class. ($85 members; $100 non-members)

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image: Coffee House in Salisbury Market, Thomas Rowlandson, British, 1784, pen and watercolor, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Cooking Art History: From Ancient Roots to Chinatown

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Cooking Art History: From Ancient Roots to Chinatown

This blog was featured in The Huffington Post on February 25, 2016.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has a fascinating and timely exhibit on display through March 21st, Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion. Curated by Li Wei Yang, the exhibit provides insight into the early history of the Chinese experience in California and embraces the importance of immigrants in American society. The focus is on Y.C. Hong, an immigration attorney and political activist, who, together with his wife, Mabel, was largely responsible for the creation of Los Angeles’s Chinatown.

Early images of Chinatown naturally got me thinking about Chinese food and its history…

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