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Author’s LOC Visit Matched With Exhibit

In what is sure to be a mouthwatering lunchtime presentation Wednesday, the Library of Congress will host author Laura Schenone for a lecture on her book “A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes and Remembrances.”

Schenone, the winner of the 2004 James Beard Foundation Award for food and reference writing, will discuss the power of food throughout American history as well as some favorite recipes of famous American women.

To enhance the program, the Library will place more than 300 cookbooks from its general collection on display. These will include ethnic cookbooks, charity cookbooks and cookbooks from popular television shows such as “The Sopranos,” “Murder She Wrote” and “Days of Our Lives.” Also, Library staff have been asked to share favorite family recipes for the display.

“We have asked Library staff to delve into the recipe boxes of their mothers, grandmothers and great aunts and to write a little on the recipe,” Constance Carter, head of the Science Reference Section at the Library, said in a release last week. “We will have those family recipes available for people to take, and better yet, we’ll have made some of these recipes so people can have a taste, as well as a cup of Temperance punch.”

The lecture will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Mumford Room of the Library’s James Madison Building. For more information, call the Library at (202) 707-0911.

— John McArdle

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