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UI Libraries and Alumni Association present free program at Newberry Library in Chicago

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Everyone from culinary artists to casual cooks will enjoy a special presentation about the vast array of culinary materials in the University of Iowa Libraries Szathmáry Collection of Culinary Arts. The free public program, "Much More than Recipes," will be held at Chicago's Newberry Library Thursday, June 11 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Formed by the late Chef Louis Szathmáry II of Chicago, longtime proprietor of the well-known Bakery Restaurant, The Szathmáry Collection is truly comprehensive in subjects, languages, time periods, and forms of publications relating to the culinary arts, food production, and service. The collection includes works in classical and modern languages, with printed books, manuscripts and other materials ranging from the 15th through 20th centuries.

David Schoonover, curator of rare books at the UI Libraries, will present examples illustrating the range of the collection through slides and other visual materials. The program will begin with a portrait of Chef Louis, followed by an explanation of how the famous chef formed his collection and how the collection came to the UI. Schoonover will also lead a discussion of visual selections from five centuries of culinary books, outline a cook's tour of international dishes from Afghanistan to Yugoslavia, and provide time for audience questions. A reception with complimentary light refreshments and a cash bar will follow the presentation.

The program is sponsored jointly by the Friends of the UI Libraries and the UI Alumni Association.

Registration will start at 5:30 p.m., and the program starts at 6:15 p.m. The Newberry Library is located at 60 West Walton in Chicago. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For additional information or to make reservations, contact the UI Alumni Association, (800) 469-2586, 100 Levitt Center for University Advancement, Iowa City, IA 52242-1797.