Tagged culinary literacy

Nourishing Literacy | Strawberries Are Our Jam!

Fresh, frozen, sun-dried, freeze-dried, jelly, jam, milk, ice cream, fruit leather, syrup... strawberries are sweet, a treat, and fun to eat! A great source of vitamin C, strawberries are a special food with some surprises…

Robert Bogle and Philadelphia’s Dynastic Black Caterers

Philadelphia’s Food Service History is Black History From the Historical Marker Database , photographed by Carolyn Martienssen, June 2015 You might have noticed on South 8th Street a historical marker that reads: “A noted…

Nourishing Literacy | Kitchen Life Skills

The Nourishing Literacy team has been creating a short series of audio shares with a focus on children and youth, highlighting skills and qualities that we practice and encourage in the kitchen. These shares include extended…

Celebrating February's Food Days

Did you know that there are important dates in February beyond Groundhog Day (Sorry, Punxsutawney Phil!), Presidents' Day, and Valentine’s Day, where specific foods are celebrated? Here's just a few to mark on your…

Nourishing Literacy | Fun Pun Kitchen: Cooking Up Creativity!

It might be ridichio' lous but puns can be a way to use brain mussels . In the Culinary Literacy Center , food is our muse when we put pen' salt to pepper  (pencil to paper!) . Do you think that you could create a…

Picture Book Highlights | National Pizza Day

Can you guess what one of the world’s favorite foods is? It’s pizza! Whether you bake it your own, eat it in a restaurant by the slice (or the whole pie!), or buy it frozen from a supermarket—pizza is a popular choice…

Nourishing Literacy | Planting Story Seeds with Madame Marie and Her Magic Garden

Nourish your literacy by creating stories from scratch—with a seed starter! Chrissy loves to read, write, and tell stories. Her suggested steps for creating folklore were offered back when she was Talking About Tomatoes ! The…

Nourishing Literacy | Let's Layer: Art and Cooking!

What art projects can you think of that involve layers? What recipes have you tasted that include layers of ingredients? Leanna and Tonii share two ideas for layering, while creating art and recipes in the following video. These ideas…

Nourishing Literacy | Veggie Rap!

If you like sweet beets, nourish your literacy with extra flavor and spice! Brocc out with the Veggie Rap! It's a jam, and it might even make you feel butter. Lime for lime you can farro along. Phyllo ears with some grape…

Nourishing Literacy | Create Your Own Candy Buttons!

Teens recently joined the Field Teen Center and Nourishing Literacy teams for a SWEET Make and Take project! Candy buttons are small dots of colorful sugar candy attached to a strip of paper. It was surprising and cool how simple…

Nourishing Literacy | We Are Green Machines!

What shapes, sizes, and colors are the leafy greens that you enjoy eating, or would like to try? The following recipe uses the leaves and the stems of the vegetable. Try eating these greens over noodles or rice. What are some of your…

Nourishing Literacy | Books and Cooks: Strong Rocks

Books and Cooks, a collaboration between the Parkway Central Library Children’s Department and the Culinary Literacy Center’s Nourishing Literacy team, offers an afterschool series of story read-alouds, cooking ideas,…

#SummerThrowback: Building Community Through Food Sovereignty

This week, we're taking a little stroll down memory lane with #summerthrowback to highlight how food can be holistic, radical, and more than anything—should be a right, not a privilege. We learn from community members by way…

Nourishing Literacy | That's Bananas!

Mashed, chopped, whole, frozen, fresh, or dried—bananas are a whole food that are nutritious to eat and flexible to use in cooking! This snack is made with just two ingredients, banana, and lemon! With a small amount of…

Sunday Funday Yoga Storytime with Folkshul

Sunday Fundays, a program series of stories and songs featuring mindfulness, meditation, and movement in celebration of Jewish culture, is a partnership between Folkshul and the Free Library. Children ages infant to 5 and their…

Nourishing Literacy | The Rainbow Pantry: Spice Blends!

The Nourishing Literacy team and friends have created color-coded spice blends for our Rainbow Pantry. What colorful spices do you enjoy using?   Black Spice Blend Toni created a black spice blend that she recommends using to…

Nourishing Literacy | How Have You Bean?

Beans bring a lot to the table! Taste, color, and flavor are among their positive qualities. They add nutrition to meals, containing protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These burgers in the following recipe can be eaten on a bun, on…

Body Connections: It Starts with You!

Philadelphia residents recently got their bodies moving through two exciting community partnerships with the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center's Healthy Communities programming! While about half the classes offered by the…

Nourishing Literacy | Talking About Tomatoes!

Tomatoes are available in different sizes and colors—canned, dried, powdered, juiced, sauced, or fresh—and can be found in many different recipes and preparations. The tomatoes in the following dish are smashed with hands,…

Nourishing Literacy | Broccoli Has Flower Power!

Broccoli is a delicious, nutritious flower! With its different textures, vibrant green color, and good flavor, broccoli can ignite ideas both in and out of the kitchen. Blanching is a way to quickly cook vegetables in hot water. This…

Knife Skills: Ultimate Taco Bar with Chef Clara Park

Chop, slice, and dice your way to creating the ultimate taco bar with Chef Clara Park! Join us to learn how to “chop it up” safely and efficiently in the kitchen! Knife skills are life skills, and you’ll leave amazed…

Juneberry Joy Celebration

Soon the Juneberry trees planted throughout Philadelphia will be heavy with berries. Never tried one? Come, learn, and have a taste of Juneberry treats at this free, outdoor event hosted by the Philadelphia Orchard Project , and the…

The Art and Science of Biscuits: Two Chefs, Two Methods

Join two of Philadelphia’s best southern-inspired chefs, Valerie Erwin and April McGreger, as they share their secrets for flaky and fluffy biscuits while discussing the possibilities of baking as a form of political resistance.…

Virtual Program: Edible Alphabet English

Adults are invited to this FREE online English class. Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together (at our own homes, connected through video call).   This class will meet on: TUESDAYS from…

Books & Cooks: Imagination Picnic!

For children ages 3 through 8 years old and their caregivers.   Please join members of the Nourishing Literacy team and our special guest, Thembi Palmer of Imagine More Story Adventures for a special, fantastical edition of Books…

Produce Palette: an art and agriculture workshop

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center and Art Department welcome you to a free, community class that will enhance both your culinary palate and your artistic palette! We will gather to draw or paint a…

Produce Palette: an art and agriculture workshop

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center and Art Department welcome you to a  free, community class that will enhance both your culinary palate and your artistic palette! We will gather to draw or paint a…

Virtual Program: Edible Alphabet English

Adults are invited to this FREE online English class. Each week we read, write, and speak in English--and cook a meal together (at our own homes, connected through video call).   This class will meet on: TUESDAYS from…

Reem Kassis | The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World

In conversation with Deb Perelman Reem Kassis is the author of  The Palestinian Table , a guide to Middle Eastern cooking woven together through recipes, regional history, and three generations of family traditions. Praised by fellow…

Sam Sifton | See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends

The food editor at the New York Times  and the founding editor of the  Times ’s digital cookbook, NYT Cooking , Sam Sifton is one of America’s most popular culinary writers. He formerly worked as the Gray Lady’s national news editor,…

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities, a partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention , increases the library’s capacity to offer free, accessible cooking, physical activity, gardening…