When: Thursday, May 11, 1 p.m.
Where: On Zoom
Carolyn Niethammer will present a talk about her book A Desert Feast: Celebrating Tucson’s Culinary Heritage, as part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2023 Arizona Author Series. Attendees are encouraged to register to receive the link to the presentation (scroll to bottom of the page). After the talk, there will be time for questions from the audience.
Tucson cuisine combines the influences and foodways of Indigenous, Mexican, mission-era Mediterranean, and ranch-style cowboy traditions into something wholly unique to the desert. It is no wonder, then, that Tucson became American’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy. In A Desert Feast, Carolyn Niethammer honors this history and shows how waves of immigrants, travelers, and settlers have shaped this confluence of flavors and techniques to create food that smells and tastes unlike anything else. In this book, she interviews farmers, chefs, families, and entrepreneurs who are dedicated to preserving and expanding Tucson cuisine.