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Connecting Cultures & Building Community Through Food

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Food is a common thread that unites humanity. Beyond sustenance, food teaches us about identity, history, community, and culture. When we share our food, we share our roots. In the words of renowned American chef James Beard, “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” And, as culinary historian Michael Twitty wrote, “...your plate is your flag.” While our foodways may vary, the experience of gathering around food is one to which we can all relate. Read on to explore titles that nourish the mind, body, and soul and teach us about food: its history, its many forms, and most importantly, its ability to connect us all.

ORIGIN STORIES

IN THE KITCHEN

In addition to these, we have thousands of cookbooks available in our collection. Browse our online catalog or peruse the 641 section of our nonfiction shelves to discover cuisines from across the globe. Plus, you can find recipes and cooking inspiration through Magzter Library, a digital magazine platform. Visit our Downloads and Streaming page to learn more about accessing Magzter for free with your library card.

And if you’re not confident in your cooking skills and would like to learn more, try taking a course through Universal Class. Universal Class offers more than 500 on-demand courses on a variety of subjects, including cooking! Visit our Research and Learning databases to access Universal Class and set up a free account.

BUILDING COMMUNITY

You can also learn about the United States’ rich history of community cookbooks by visiting the Library of Congress’ collection and browsing community cookbooks by region and time period.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

ADULTS

Check out these upcoming sessions of our Cook & Book series!

  • Making Mozzarella
    • Monday, July 24, 7-8:30PM at Varina Library
    • Let's make mozzarella! Our Italian colleague, Antonella, will demonstrate how to make this delicious cheese. We'll have books on hand to show you how to make your own cheese at home.
  • Cherry Turnovers
    • Monday, August 28, 7-8:30PM at Varina Library
    • Celebrate National Cherry Turnover Day by sampling a few variations on the theme. You'll be the judge whether canned or fresh cherries are better and if made from scratch pastry dough is really worth the extra effort. After the tasting, get inspired from titles in our collection to make your own. 
  • Lobster Soul
    • Monday, September 11, 7-8:30PM at Varina Library
    • Celebrate National Lobster Day with Chef Charles of BlackFolkFood.  We can't wait to taste his crustacean creations.  As always, we'll have a selection of cookbooks from our collection for further inspiration.

CHILDREN & TEENS

  • Tater-Tots Toddler Cooking Class
    • Thursdays, July 20 – August 10, 3-3:45PM at Tuckahoe Library
    • In this "cooking" class, parents and toddlers will learn how to use kitchen tools, follow recipes, and create some fun and delicious treats.
  • Next Food Champion: Ramen Edition for Tweens & Teens
    • Thursday, August 17, 2-4PM at Varina Library
    • Do you have what it takes to be the next Food Champion? Come prove it! This is our second edition of the Next Food Champion. You will be asked to make a ramen dish using a variety of ingredients, which will be provided. You do not have to know how to cook to participate. Registrants: Be aware that we will be handling a variety of raw ingredients. Please be conscious of your child’s food allergies and inform us of any potential issues.

 

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