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John Ota's New Book: THE KITCHEN Historic Kitchens of Canada & USA + Elvis!

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Campbell House Museum

160 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON M5H 3H3

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Architectural writer/historian John Ota takes us on tour of kitchens of Julia Child,Georgia O’Keeffe,Elvis Presley & more in the US, Canada!

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John Ota – architectural writer, designer, historic preservationist, member of the Culinary Historians of Canada – talks about his new book, The Kitchen, which he wrote as part of his quest to seek out – and be inspired by – the great historic kitchens of Canada and the USA.

John Ota was a man on a mission – to put together the perfect kitchen. He set out on a quest across North America, exploring examples of excellent designs throughout history. Along the way, he learned about the origins and evolution of the kitchen, its architecture and its appliances.

He cooked, with expert instruction. And he learned too about the homes and the people who'd lived in them – from Pilgrims to President Thomas Jefferson, from turn-of-the-century tenement dwellers to 21st-century Vancouver idealists, from Julia Child to Georgia O’Keeffe, and from Elvis Presley to Louis Armstrong.

John Ota has a refreshingly upbeat approach and a hunger for knowledge (and indeed for food). His energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and his insights of lasting value. He will share those with us, along with some fascinating and beautiful photographs.

And there will be samples! Possibilities include Thomas Jefferson's Mac 'n' Cheese, Elvis Presley's Banana Pudding, and Spadina House's 1920 Fives Roses Shortbread!

Books will be available to purchase (cash or card).

"Impeccably researched and beautifully written, there is no other book I know of that is quite like it.”Bonnie Stern

John Ota has been involved with architecture and design since 1978. He has written freelance articles for the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Azure Magazine, Canadian House & Home and Canadian Architect. He has worked in architecture offices in Toronto, New York and Vancouver and has degrees from the School of Architecture at Columbia University and the University of British Columbia.

John has chaired the awards committee of the Ontario Association of Architects. He has served as a Board Member on the Toronto Historical Board and has worked at the Ontario Ministry of Culture as the government lead on the Renaissance ROM project, the AGO Transformation project and the Revitalization of Ontario Place

In 2004, he was the lead curator on an exhibition called “Living Spaces, 21 contemporary Canadian houses” that toured Canada. John has acted as a guest critic at the Ryerson University School of Architecture and as an advisor to the Architecture Gallery at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Co-sponsored by Culinary Historians of Canada and Campbell House

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