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Author shares insights on the lore of food

Post Date:07/11/2017 3:02 PM

For Immediate Release

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Author shares insights on the lore of food

 Presentation explores the cultures behind taco ingredients


Hot Coffee Arts & Culture Lecture Series
Gregory McNamee, Author
“The Lore of Food”
Tuesday, July 25
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Total Wine, 1416 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear


Goodyear, Ariz. (July 11, 2017) –Author, editor, photographer and publisher Gregory McNamee offers a unique perspective into the cultural aspects of food in the July 25 edition of the free Hot Coffee Arts & Culture lecture series. McNamee, the author of Moveable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of Food, invites the public to explore how local culture is reflected in the foods we prepare, specifically how the foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state.

The talk will dive into the many aspects of the taco – a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The cultural experience of the taco begins with the Mexican corn in the tortilla and travels to the Sahara for the cheese, winding to Egypt for lettuce and onto Syria for the onion. The tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, and the beef from the steppes of Eurasia offer their own exciting contributions.

Gregory is a prolific author with 40 books and more than 5,000 articles to his credit. He is a contributing editor to the Encyclopedia Britannica; a research fellow at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona; as well as a lecturer at the Eller School of Management and the University of Arizona.

The Hot Coffee Arts & Culture lecture series is held the last Tuesday of every month from January through October at 7 p.m. in Total Wine and More, 1416 N. Litchfield Road. Light refreshments are served. Parking and admission are free. For more information, visit


About the Arts in Goodyear
The Arts and Culture Division was established in 2006 by the Goodyear City Council to create a distinct sense of place and cultural destination by integrating art into public spaces. Goodyear’s public art program promotes arts and cultural excellence in coordination with the private sector and other governmental agencies to increase awareness of the contributions of arts and culture to our economy and quality of life.

The Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission provides leadership in developing a community identity through the arts that embraces, celebrates and unites all of our diverse histories, beliefs, cultures, and aspirations.
Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission