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Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 | 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.

French Lecture Series - Nolin Deloison Baum

After studying both Political Science and French, Nolin Deloison Baum '12 decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He has worked professionally in the United States – perhaps most notably at Chez Panisse in Berkeley – as well as in Paris, Rome and Helsinki. Though he had long been interested in gastronomic history, his passion for the evolution of French gastronomy and literature grew especially during his time in culinary school in Paris. Nolin has since then remained something of a student, amassing a large collection of French culinary texts from the last four centuries. Most recently part of his library was a featured special collection at the 74th Annual California Rare Book Show.

The topic of Nolin’s presentation will be Auguste Escoffier, often called the King of Chefs. Of all of the great masters of French Cuisine, Escoffier has always stood out to Nolin. Escoffier’s unmatched contribution to gastronomy earned him an enduring celebrity. It has been somewhat forgotten, though, that he also leveraged his fame to draw attention to women’s rights, peace, poverty, and hunger, and he even successfully lobbied for social welfare programs. Nolin will examine the indelible mark that he left on both cuisine and society.

This talk will be in English.


Audience: Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students

Sponsor: French and Francophone Studies

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