Tagged culinary literacy

Making Sofrito with Juanita and Family!

Juanita Vega DeJoseph is the Assistant Department Head in the Art & Literature Department and someone who enjoys cooking and creating. We are so grateful to Juanita for sharing her process of making sofrito, a recipe…

Nourishing Literacy | Let's make strawberry cards with Shayna!

Strawberries  are super and sweet to look at and to eat! In this video, Shayna used strawberries as her theme for making handmade cards . What ideas do you have for making cards or stationary? What shapes and colors can you find in…

Keep it Fresh with Fresh Herbs!

Fresh herbs add flavor and nutrition to meals, they are beautiful when added to dishes, and many of them have unique fragrances. They are like tiny greens ! Maybe fresh herbs will inspire poems, cooking, or preserving like they do for…

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…

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:…

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:…

IN-PERSON - Deb Perelman | Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files: A Cookbook

TICKETS   In conversation with Dena Heilik, head of Philbrick Hall, the Fiction and Movie department at Parkway Central. She also cohosts a monthly library Cookbook Club that has been running continuously for six years.…

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:…

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:…

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:…

LEAP: Tea Party

It's friday!  Let's enjoy the end of the week with some tea.

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:…

IN-PERSON - Kardea Brown | The Way Home: A Celebration of Sea Islands Food and Family with over 100 Recipes

TICKETS   In conversation with Valerie Erwin Charleston, South Carolina–based Kardea Brown hosts the Food Network’s Delicious Miss Brown and OWN’s The Great Soul Food Cookoff . She also is the creator of the…

Culinary Passport: Israel

Grab your passport for a whirlwind culinary trip to Israel! Join us on a tour of some favorite Israel dishes in this hands-on, interactive class. Participants will learn about culture, cooking techniques, and get tips on sourcing…

Culinary Passport: Israel with Chef Ari Miller

Grab your passport for a whirlwind culinary trip to Israel with Chef Ari Miller! Chef Aparicio will take us on a tour of some of his favorite Israel dishes in this hands-on, interactive class. Participants will learn about culture,…

Spooky Foods: Classic Horror and Fresh Offal with Dave Feola of Ember & Ash

Spooky Foods: Classic Horror and Fresh Offal is an exploration of blood, guts, and gore, on the page and on the plate. For this special Halloween program, Dave Feola, Executive Chef of the "snout-to-root" restaurant Ember…

Raven Society Pretzel Making Workshop Night 2

Fall is almost here and that means pumpkin spice for some, Oktoberfest beer for others, and pretzels for all! Join us in the state-of-the-art Culinary Literacy Center for one of two sessions as we twist and bake our way through a Philly…

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:…

Rebel Ventures presents Rebel Chef Live!

Rebel Chef Live is a free, interactive audience show run by the students from Rebel Ventures , a high school student-led healthy food business. You the audience are in control of the show here! You’ll pick from two menus whipped…

Demystifying the Diaspora

Join local food educator Chef Joy Parham of Urban Country Culinary Concepts to demystify the flavors of the African diaspora. This class will highlight ingredients that have influenced our culinary culture here in America and introduce…

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:…

Culinary Passport: Mexico with Chef Carlos Aparicio

Grab your passport for a whirlwind culinary trip to Mexico with Chef Carlos Aparicio! Chef Aparicio will take us on a tour of some of his favorite Mexican dishes in this hands-on, interactive class. Participants will learn about Mexican…

Veggie Mijas (Bilingüe | Bilingual)

Honoring ancestral foods while living in the diaspora.  Register at  bit.ly/VegMij . Honrando los alimentos ancestrales mientras se vive en la diáspora.  Registrarse a  bit.ly/VegMij . Making vegan Latinx…

Food Writing Workshop with Kiki Aranita

Do you have a passion for food and talent for writing? Are you interested in parlaying your knowledge of the food industry into a lucrative writing practice? Join us for a workshop with Kiki Aranita, chef,  entrepreneur , and James…

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…