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Barbara Kafka, Fred Ferretti Make Huge Book Donations to CIA-SA

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Barbara Kafka cookbookThe library at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), San Antonio has significantly expanded after receiving the book and menu collections of famed writers Barbara Kafka and Fred Ferretti.

Cookbook author Kafka donated 3,300 books and 500 menus to the world’s premier culinary college. Also included in her gift were 10 file boxes filled with Kafka’s recipes, research notes, and fan mail, which will become part of the CIA’s library archives.

Barbara Kafka

Barbara Kafka

Kafka is a recipient of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ferretti, a long-time food writer with The New York Times and Gourmet magazine, along with his wife, Eileen Yin-Fei Lo, gave about 4,200 books to the college, including 600 in foreign languages from all over the world.

“Our whole professional lives were dedicated to food and reporting on it. This was basically my research library as I was writing,” Mr. Ferretti says of the collection of cookbooks, wine books, and tomes that cover ethnic discussions of food, historic concepts, and other food-related topics. “I hope this furthers the education of students and that their knowledge of food is enhanced by using it.”

Students are able to reference the books during their studies toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts programs. The library at the CIA San Antonio opened in 2010.

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