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"The Chicago Food Encyclopedia"

WBEZ's Monica Eng will be in conversation with the editors of The Chicago Food Encyclopedia, Carol Mighton HaddoxBruce Kraig, and Colleen Taylor.

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Carol Mighton Haddix is the former food editor of the Chicago Tribune. She is editor of Ethnic Chicago Cookbook: Ethnic-Inspired Recipes from the Pages of the Chicago TribuneBruce Kraigis professor emeritus in history and the humanities at Roosevelt University. He is the author of Hot Dog: A Global History, and coauthor (with Colleen Taylor Sen) of Street Food: Everything You Need to Know about Open-Air Stands, Carts, and Food Trucks across the GlobeColleen Taylor Sen is a food and travel journalist and food historian and the author of Curry: A Global Historyand Feasts and Fasts: History of Food in India


The Chicago Food Encyclopedia is a far-ranging portrait of an American culinary paradise. Hundreds of entries deliver all of the visionary restauranteurs, Michelin superstars, beloved haunts, and food companies of today and yesterday. More than one hundred sumptuous images include thirty full-color photographs that transport readers to dining rooms and food stands across the city. Throughout, a roster of writers, scholars, and industry experts pays tribute to an expansive--and still expanding--food history that not only helped build Chicago but fed a growing nation.

Pizza. Alinea. Wrigley Spearmint. Soul food. Rick Bayless. Hot Dogs. Koreatown. Everest. All served up A-Z, and all part of the ultimate reference on Chicago and its food.

"The Chicago Food Encyclopedia is a treat for anyone who loves Chicago and loves food!"--Richard Melman, Founder and Chairman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. 

"That Chicago has developed a strong connection to small Midwest farms is perhaps its most undervalued asset. It's this connection we have to the land that has allowed the city's vibrant culinary community to establish itself on the international stage. This authoritative encyclopedia brings us closer to our city's culinary past, present, and future. In exhaustive fashion, it offers a story, and I've always said food with a story always tastes better. This is ours."--Rick Bayless 


Monica Eng reports and produces segments on food, health and ethnic culture in Chicago and beyond. Before coming to WBEZ, Monica Eng was a food, culture and watchdog-investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune for 16 years. Before that she wrote and edited for the Daily Southtown and Chicago Sun Times. Monica has won multiple writing awards and been nominated for the James Beard Award five times. Monica is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose children are fourth generation Chicago Public Schools graduates.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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By Carol Haddix (Editor), Bruce Kraig (Editor)
ISBN: 9780252087240
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Published: University of Illinois Press - August 16th, 2017

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