Program Schedule

Our programs are hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library, on location, on YouTube and/or on Zoom.

Upcoming Programs

Ten Years of Culinary Delights from the International Museum of Dinnerware Design with museum director Margaret Carney

Sunday, October 9, 4 p.m. Eastern
Ann Arbor District Library: Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave.
In person and streamed live on YouTube

Detroit Tiki
A nostalgic look at some famous mid-century Detroit Tiki restaurants that embodied the height of the Polynesian craze, presented by Renee Tadey, author of Detroit Tiki

Sunday, November 13, 4 p.m. Eastern
Online via Zoom and YouTube

Potluck Themed Meal: The Bonny British Isles
Ladies Literary Club, Ypsilanti
218 N. Washington St.
For CHAA members and guests
Sunday, December 11, 4-7 p.m.

Sourdough Culture: A History of Breadmaking from Ancient to Modern Bakers
Eric Pallant, amateur baker, author and professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability at Allegheny College

Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. Eastern
Online via Zoom and YouTube


Past Programs

Sunday, September 18
Forty Years of Zingerman’s and Its Impact on the Global Food World
with Micheline Maynard, author of Satisfaction Guaranteed.
View the recording

Sunday, July 10, 4-7 p.m.
Potluck Themed Meal: The Cuisines of the Caribbean
Ladies Literary Club, Ypsilanti
218 N. Washington St.

Sunday, May 15, 2022
What She Ate and Why I Wrote About It: Women, Food and Biography
Laura Shapiro, author of What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories
View the recording.

Sunday, April 24, 2022
Unpacking the Meatpacking District Legacy of Ottman & Company, New York’s Storied Meat Purveyor 
Jacquelyn Ottman, fifth-generation member of a pioneering family of NYC butchers
Order the book.
View the recording.

Sunday, March 20, 2022
Victory Gardens: How a Nation of Vegetable Gardeners Helped to Win the War
with Judith Sumner, botanist, educator and garden historian
No recording available.

Sunday, February 20, 2022
The Provisions of War
Roundtable discussion hosted by Prof. Justin Nordstrom, Penn State Univ.
View the recording.

Sunday, January 16, 2022
The Secret History of Home Economics
with journalist and author Danielle Dreilinger
View the recording.

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Prohibition and Repeal with Tammy Coxen, author of Cheers to Michigan
List of cocktail recipes
No recording available.

Sunday, October 31, 2021
German-American Foodways
Antje Petty, Max Kade Institute, University of Wisconsin
View the recording

Sunday, September 19, 2021
Early Mexican Cookbooks with Maite Gómez-Rejón
View the recording.

Sunday, June 20, 2021
The Marmalade Mavens with Sarah B. Hood
No recording available.

Sunday, May 16, 2021
Puerto Rican Cuisine in America with Oswald Rivera
View the recording

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue with James Beard Book Award Winner Adrian Miller (
View the recording.

Sunday, March 21, 2021
Creating Sunset Magazine’s Cooking Department: A Study of Men, Women and Cooking in the 1930s with food historian Jennifer Pagano.
View the recording.

Sunday, February 21, 2021
Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking with food historian, educator and author Linda Civitello.
View the recording.

Sunday, January 17, 2021
Sweet Greeks: First Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland with author Ann Flesor Beck, a third-generation confectioner and independent scholar.

Sunday, December 6, 2020
All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote with Laura Kumin (

Sunday, November 15, 2020
Apples in the Midwestern Imagination with Lucy M. Long

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan with Barbara Barton
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Chinese Food: Customs and Culture with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang


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