Monday, October 19th, 2020
Culinary Historians of New York
Brian R. Dott
The Chile Pepper in China
A ZOOM presentation followed by open discussion
Monday, October 19, 2020
The chile pepper did not arrive in China until the 1570s, and yet Chinese cuisine without chiles is hard to imagine. Indigenous to the Americas, chiles are so much a part of Chinese culture that many Chinese assume that they are native plants. Brian Dott will describe more than 400 years of Chinese chile history; how the plant went from being foreign and suspect, to being an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, garden aesthetics, cuisine and language, even changing the meaning of spicy (la).
Brian R. Dott is professor of history at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He is the author of Identity Reflections: Pilgrimages to Mount Tai in Late Imperial China (2004) and The Chile Pepper in China, A Cultural Biography (2020).
6:30: Sign-in to Zoom
6:40: Presentation followed by general Q & A
7:30: Breakout discussion groups. Each group will be visited by the speaker.
The program is free to members, although advance registration is required. Please RSVP through Eventbrite, and we will send you a link to join the Zoom meeting. Nonmembers and guests are invited for $10.
For more information about how the technology works, we have posted a “Zoom 101” guide on the CHNY website, to show you what your Zoom screen will look like and explain the steps that you need to take to participate in the event: https://www.culinaryhistoriansny.org/events/