The History of Bread and Beer [S-17-31]

Presenter: Paul Graham
Location: SLU: Richardson 015
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Wed 2:00 PM 05/17
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This session will explore the history of bread and beer, which are, arguably, the foods that made humans civilized. We’ll learn how these two essentials have shaped not only culinary history, but also world history. We’ll also learn what passed for “bread” and “beer” throughout the ages.

Paul Graham was a devoted brewer and baker until he contracted celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten, which is in wheat, barley, spelt, and rye. In an effort to make a friend out of an enemy, he became interested in the history of baking and brewing without these essentials. The result is his most recent book: In Memory of Bread: A Memoir, which was published by Random House in 2016. He is Associate Professor of English at SLU.

NOTE: Suggested link: www.inmemoryofbread.com

Cap: 33



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