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Library dinner features lecture by culinary historian Alexandra Leaf

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Culinary author and historian Alexandra Leaf will be the guest speaker at the 1998 Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries Dinner Thursday, March 12. Leaf who wrote The Impressionists Table: Recipes and Gastronomy of 19th Century France, a historical overview with accompanying recipes, will speak on the subject of 19th century gastronomy and art.

Leaf is a member of the New York University faculty and the New School for Social Research where she teaches "From Marcus Apicius to Julia Child: An Introduction to Culinary History." She has been a guest lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston University and most recently at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in association with the exhibition "Monet and the Mediterranean." Her slide presentation explores the world of cafes, picnics, cafe-concerts and restaurants and their significance to such painters as Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Vincent Van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

The evening begins with a reception (drinks and appetizers) at 5:30 and the program starts at 6:30. Leaf will be introduced by Pamela White Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture for the UI Museum of Art. A theme buffet based on the recipes in Leaf's book follows the lecture. Remarks by UI President Mary Sue Coleman, University Librarian Sheila D. Creth, and UI Libraries Advisory Board Chair Jane McCune will close the evening.

The event takes place in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI Campus and is open to the public. An admission price of $25 covers the catered dinner. Reservations are required. For additional information, call the Libraries Administrative Offices at (319) 335-5867.