Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Bread and Civilization
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:30PM

Photograph of two loaves of bread on a baking sheet (2011), courtesy of Nick Malgieri
Join us for a talk by Nick Malgieri, former Executive Pastry Chef at Windows on the World and the author of BREAD and ten other cookbooks, including the James Beard winner How to Bake. The preparation of bread and the cultivation of wheat necessary for its production are pivotal events that contributed to early humans' abandoning a nomadic existence and settling in towns. The history of bread stems from the simultaneous development of wheat cultivation, of both natural and beer-derived yeast, and of the tools and ovens necessary for baking. Today's crusty baguettes may seem to have little in common with ancient unleavened flatbreads, but both are deeply rooted in humanity's instinctive need for bread.

Registration for this talk is appreciated but not required. Please RSVP HERE or contact us at rbml@pobox.upenn.edu or 215.898.7088.
Class of 1955 Conference Room
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, second floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)