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Event Mon Sep 17 2012

Uncover Missing Recipes Saturday

530164_10151039623126283_1580710507_n.jpgEver heard of Canasta Cake? In 1950s Chicago, it was a huge hit for accompanying the popular card game, and you could find it at the Fingerhut Bakery at Central and Cermak, which closed in 2000 after 100 years in business. So what do you do when the makers of a favorite food close up shop, or a beloved recipe gets lost and you can't quite figure out its ingredients? Trib columnist Monica Kass Rogers understands your pain; she created Lost Recipes Found to help readers locate the dishes of their past, like that Canasta Cake (pictured), mock apple pie, as well as an impressive archive of recipes from some of Chicago's finest (and now closed) restaurants (Ratatouille from the Bakery restaurant, whitefish from Como Inn, Marshall Fields' chicken salad). Bring your wish list this Saturday to Kendall College (900 N Branch) at 10am to hear Kass Rogers speak; admission $3 (free for Kendall students), parking is free. The event is sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Chicago.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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