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BooksCharmaine O'Brien

Books

I am the author of the following books on food history and culture: 

I am currently working on a book about food in colonial Australia. 

Speaking 

I regularly speak at events and other gatherings and I craft each talk or workshop to suit the client brief. My talks are rich stories blended from history, experience, observation, considered thinking, deduction and  wry humour.

Here are some of the events/festivals/programs I have been invited to speak at/on:

Old Colonists DinnerFirst Bite  Radio National March 16th 2013 

When the Earth Gave BackLui BarMelbourne Food and Wine Festival 2013

A brief guide to Melbourne’s culinary history’ to launch The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, Popcaanz 2012

The multicultural culinary story of Melbourne, Lyceum Club Conference Melbourne 2012

The Etiquette of Eating, Lyceum Club  Melbourne 2012

Mutton and damper: re-imagining food in colonial Australia, Australasian Oral Historian Association Conference 2012

Colonial Celebrations: the exotic Christmas pudding, Melburnalia, Melbourne 2011

Melbourne’s food story, Melbourne Museum , Melbourne 2011

Jelly: a colonial delight’, Ian Potter Museum Melbourne 2011

Colonial cooks: Hannah Maclurcan, Australasian Food Traditions and Culinary Culture Symposium 2011

The future of food writing (panelist), Moonee Valley Library Melbourne 2011

Melbourne’s food history , Kingston Library Meloburne 2011

Busting Indian food myths (Pucha Kucha) Emerging Writers Festival Melbourne  2011

Melbourne’s changing table (panelist) State Library of Victoria Melbourne 2010

Making Public Histories: cookery educators in colonial Australia, State Library of Victoria Melbourne 2010

So you want to be a food writer (panelist) Emerging Writers Festival Melbourne 2010

Melbourne’s multicultural culinary melting pot, Moreland Library 

Tasting Melbourne’s food history: culinary talk and walk, Melbourne International Writers Festival Melbourne 2008

Taste, aroma and mouth-feel (food writing workshop with Lucy Malouf) Melbourne International Writers Festival Melbourne 2008

Writing Melbourne’s food history, Convent Writers Festival Melbourne 2008

Food walk

Eating the ancestors: a culinary history walk and talk

I take groups on a culinary history walk around the Melbourne CBD. Clients of this walk have included: The State Library of Victoria, William Angliss Institute, City Library and the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) as well as private groups. If you are interested in this walk please contact me.