Tagged culinary literacy

Squash Across Tables

Thank you to Nourishing Literacy (NL) team member Carolyn for writing this blog post! In addition to sharing her experience and findings, Carolyn has included some of the activities and approaches that we use in NL. The Nourishing…

Celebrate the South Indian Holiday of Pongal!

The South Indian holiday of Pongal is a multi-day harvest festival full of music and food observed by the Tamil and Telugu community, celebrated this year per the Hindu religious calendar, starting on Thursday, January 14 and ending on…

Let Culinary Explorations of Literature Nourish You with Book Feast!

Have you ever thought about why we use the same vocabulary to describe consuming food and consuming knowledge? How we’re hungry for the truth, devour a good book, and digest information?  Intellectual nourishment has been so…

Stocking Up Food for the Winter

Written by Alex Evenson, Philabundance Nutrition Educator, with additions from Caity Rietzen, Culinary Literacy Center Supervisor Frozen peas, canned beans, and potato chips. What do these three food items have in common? Since the…

Celebrate the Holidays with Gingerbread

One of my favorite treats for the holidays is making gingerbread! Did you know that gingerbread was derived from Greece in 2400 b.c and was originally meant to preserve ginger? Gingerbread was a term used for any recipe that combined…

A Taste of African Heritage for Kwanzaa

Healthy Communities just wrapped a fall series of A Taste of African Heritage with instructor Paul O. Mims, who recently spoke with Oldways about Cooking, Culture, and Community During Covid .  A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH)…

Cooking with Pomegranates: Seeds the Day!

Pomegranates! They are unique red fruits filled with many juicy seeds, with a sweet and tart taste. While these fruits grow in warmer climates, they can be available in some local Philly stores in the fall and early winter months. …

¿Aprendiendo Español? Check Out These Resources!

Nowadays, mastering a new language is so much fun—there are so many resources available! Depending on your learning style, you can design a work plan that fits your needs and time. With only five minutes a day, you can build a…

Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving Table

Written by Alex Evenson, Philabundance Nutrition Educator, with additions from Caity Rietzen, Culinary Literacy Center Supervisor   Cooking is a wonderful way to bring people together, and while this year's holiday will be…

Trail Mix and Hiking Trails Can Cure the Blues

Are you looking for a healthy snack and way to fuel your body as the fall and winter days get shorter? Try some trail mix! Trail mix can be packed with nutrients that fuel the body longer, and depending on the ingredients, it can also…

Noodles Across Tables

Thank you to Nourishing Literacy (NL) team member Carolyn for writing this blog post! In addition to sharing her experience and findings, Carolyn has included some of the activities and approaches that we use in NL. The…

Celebrate National Dessert Day in Philadelphia!

Need an excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth? We are here to help! Today, October 14, is National Dessert Day , and a great opportunity to break out your favorite dessert of choice. While I truly believe that this year deserves multiple…

Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine

The Latin American Book Fair , in partnership with the Culinary Literacy Center , will be presenting Language Through My Kitchen: Latin Cuisine , during a virtual event broadcast on Facebook on Friday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. to…

Whipping Up a Dream Pie

As a child, I loved eating, tasting, and experimenting with different ingredients. On Saturdays, I would spend my day watching cooking shows before the Food Network became a thing. It was my dream to become a chef and I practiced what…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Veggie Mac and Cheese

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. For the time…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Vegetarian Jambalaya

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. For the time…

Call for Artwork: Nourishing Literacy Series of Printed Learning Materials

Hello to our friends of all ages! The Nourishing Literacy team is in the process of creating a series of printed learning materials and we would be thrilled to include your artwork! Call for Artwork Community Coloring Books and Activity…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Persian Kotlet

Last week, we completed our first Virtual Edible Alphabet English 4-week course and it was a great success! Twenty participants from around the world (Burundi, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Italy, Iran, Ivory…

The Rainbow Pantry Comes Back for Seconds!

With the close of Pride Month last month, we continue to celebrate and be inspired by all of the stripes found on the Pride flag, and all of the people who are represented by this flag, throughout the year. Moved by the symbolism and…

Happy National Ice Cream Month!

I know we have all heard the saying "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream." For people of all ages, from toddlers to seniors, ice cream has become an American classic; but do you know the history of this sweet…

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 videocall).   This class will meet on: THURSDAYS from…

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 videocall).   This class will meet on: THURSDAYS from…

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 videocall).   This class will meet on: THURSDAYS from…

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 videocall).   This class will meet on: THURSDAYS from…

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 videocall).   This class will meet on: THURSDAYS from…

The Perfect Crust: Pâte Brisée

Create a buttery, flaky pastry dough from scratch to be used with two fillings (one savory, one sweet) with Chef Stephanie Teekaram! Pâte Brisée is a French, butter-based pastry dough which is flaky and sweet and works as…

Community Screening & Discussion: Wild Food, I Think I Love You

Join the members of the Nourishing Literacy team in viewing and discussing the PBS short film "Wild Food, I Think I Love You." This film is a part of PBS' Food Forward series, and shares perspectives from people who are…

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 videocall).   This class will meet on: THURSDAYS from…

Virtual Books & Cooks: Peaceful Clouds

Books & Cooks is a collaboration between Parkway Central Children’s Department & the Culinary Literacy Center’s Nourishing Literacy team. This event is designed for school-aged children with an open invitation…

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 videocall).   This class will meet on:…

Pastel de Papa with Chef Gaby Melian

A traditional Argentinian dish, with a twist! Cook along from your home kitchen with Chef Gaby Melian and learn how to make Pastel de Papa! Similar to a "Shepherd's pie", this dish is perfect for a chilly winter evening.…

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…