This past weekend, I attended the California International Antiquarian Book Fair to do some book hunting and look at their Shakespeare exhibit, staged for the 450th Birthday celebration of our favorite author (although the day I was there was actually the birthday of France’s favorite Jules Verne while Shakespeare’s is still a ways off).
In addition to the very high end book dealers, the fair had an excellent display in the lobby and also an hour panel discussion on “What Shakespeare Ate” which was standing room only in a very large lecture room.
At 1pm, there was a very full room to see the discussion on the food and drink of the Elizabethan age; moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Patt Morrison (Los Angeles Times, NPR). Panelists include Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold (Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Gourmet), food historian Charles Perry(Culinary Historians of Southern California, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times), teacher and author Anne Willan (Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne), and 15th and 16th century antiquarian gastronomy book specialist and ABAA member Ben Kinmont.
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