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Center to offer a variety of courses focused on healthy eating and cooking in the new year

The weather outside may be frightful, but the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center at the Parkway Central Library is excited to present a plethora of unique culinary programs to keep you warm—and full—this winter!


In partnership with sponsor Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Culinary Literacy Center will host Ingredients for Good Health, a free series aimed at improving health through cooking and nutrition. Both programs in the series—Snacking for the Big Game on Monday, January 26 and Emperor of All Maladies Screening on Thursday, February 19—begin at 6:00 p.m. The former aims to help participants make smart and healthy choices while they enjoy football’s Super Sunday and the latter features a screening of an extended trailer for the Emperor of All Maladies. The Ingredients for Good Health series will continue throughout 2015.


Additional winter Culinary Literacy Center programs include:


A Taste of African Heritage | Tuesdays, January 6 – February 10 at 6:00 p.m. | free with registration

Many of today’s healthiest foods have their roots in African heritage—leafy greens, sweet potatoes, millet, and okra to name a few. A Taste of African Heritage is a six-part wellness program designed to reconnect participants with vibrant ways of cooking, eating, and living that once promoted the health of African American ancestors everywhere.


Chow Down on Wellness with Veterans | Wednesday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. | free with registration

Join local Veterans for a Wednesday Wellness hands-on class that focuses on healthy, plant-based eating and learn how to make a delicious vegetarian meal. This program is open to veterans along with the general public.


Cooking with Herbs and Spices | Thursday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. | free with registration

Chef and nutritionist Elizabette Andrade will help participants discover how to use nature’s finest building blocks to transform simple meals naturally! By exploring the unique profiles of common herbs and spices, participants will create savory rubs, marinades, and pastes that will help make home cooking healthy and delicious.


One Book, One Philadelphia Cooking Workshop: Maine Fish Chowder

Tuesday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. | free with registration

Join local chef Jameson O’Donnell to learn how to recreate Orphan Train character Terry’s “Famous Maine Fish Chowder” from scratch in this hands-on class that focuses on teaching fundamental skills for putting together a delicious stew.



Framing Fraktur Cooking Workshop: DIY Saukerkraut | Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. | free with registration

Learn how to make and can sauerkraut with cookbook author Marisa McClellan, author of the popular blog and eponymous book Food In Jars, as part of the Free Library’s celebration of Pennsylvania German culture and fraktur folk art.


“Our winter culinary literacy programming offers Philadelphians of all ages the chance to learn vital new skills in the kitchen and have fun while doing so,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director. “Especially as people are looking to make healthier choices for the new year, the Free Library is pleased to present many classes on the deliciousness and ease of making healthy meals. I encourage everyone to drop by the Culinary Literacy Center and see what’s cooking!”


The Free Library’s new, state-of-the-art Culinary Literacy Center at the Parkway Central Library encourages a love of food and cooking through a variety of free and ticketed programming. Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Center provides literacy training and fosters the development of problem-solving skills through cooking, supporting healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and a healthy planet for generations to come. For more information about the Culinary Literacy Center, including ticketing for select programs, visit


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The 61-location Free Library of Philadelphia system advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi; and rich special collections, including  those at Parkway Central Library and at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. With more than 6 million in-person and 9 million online visits annually, the Free Library and the Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.


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