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Library Libations: Free Talk on History of American Boozing with Culinary Historians

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Earlier today we talked about some of the excellent events going on this weekend in the food world, but let's be honest, not everyone has $80 to pony up for a zombie dinner. If you'd like your Saturday with a side of culinary education, the Culinary Historians are offering another one of their fabulous free talks tomorrow, this time on the history of how America drinks. (We're going to guess the answer to that question isn't as simple as "a lot.")

The talk is being hosted by Andy Smith, who teaches on food history, food controversies, and professional food writing at the New School University in New York City. Dude has written and edited more than twenty books, including his latest, "American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food."

Tomorrow he'll be discussing the subject matter of another one of his recent works, "Drinking History: 15 Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages." With this past week's celebration of Repeal Day, it's certainly timely.

You can find more info on the event at the Culinary Historians website here. It will take place, as always, at the Mark Taper Auditorium at Downtown L.A.'s Central Library on 630 W. 5th St.