Tagged culinary 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Philly Versus the World: A Battle Over Ice Cream

Recognize and represent our city for its contributions to the popularization of ice cream in the US! And be sure to join us at the Haddington Library on Friday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. for a demonstration, tasting, and celebration . Water…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Hummus and Flatbread

by Breshay Woods, Culinary Literacy Center Intern Edible Alphabet  is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center.  Our mission is to teach English language…

The Rainbow Pantry... from Scratch!

Inspired by June’s Pride month and our LGBTQIA+ community members, we are celebrating the Rainbow Pantry again! Check out previous blog posts for more ideas on keeping and using colorful kitchen staples. This round, we are…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Black Bean Burgers

by Breshay Woods, Culinary Literacy Center Intern Edible Alphabet  is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center . Our mission is to teach English language…

What’s Cooking, Grilladelphia?!

Be sure to join us for our upcoming program, Fresh Ideas for the Grill , at Malcolm X Park on Wednesday, July 7, from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.! Sample two healthy, grilled dishes, and pose whatever questions you might have to the…

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Cuisine

African American Independence Day, widely referred to as Juneteenth, originated in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Though the Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed millions of slaves in confederate states, African Americans in…

Cooking with Onions: Multi-Layered!

by Kait P. with meaningful contributions by Chrissy D. It's Alright to Cry!  Have you ever wondered why onions make you cry? When was the last time you shed some tears while just trying to make dinner? Onions contain a…

Celebrate Latin American Cuisine and Heritage This Spring!

The Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center is excited to bring back A Taste of Latin American Heritage , a workshop produced by Oldways , this upcoming spring! These recipes honor and celebrate the Latin American diaspora of the…

Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Tacos Dorados

by Breshay Woods, Culinary Literacy Center Intern Edible Alphabet  is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's  Culinary Literacy Center.  Our mission is to teach English language…

Baking with Becca: Cooking Outside the Box... Chicken and Potatoes

This week at Whitman Library  we are making a simple meal of Chicken and Potatoes that can be tweaked and flavored to your preferences! Baking with Becca at Whitman Library I prepared and cooked chicken two ways because we are…

Library in the Park with Nourishing Literacy

Join PCI staff at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square to check out library materials and sign up for a library card on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. This program will begin on Tuesday September 28 and end on Tuesday December…

Library in the Park with Nourishing Literacy

Join PCI staff at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square to check out library materials and sign up for a library card on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. This program will begin on Tuesday September 28 and end on Tuesday December…

Library in the Park with Nourishing Literacy

Join PCI staff at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square to check out library materials and sign up for a library card on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. This program will begin on Tuesday September 28 and end on Tuesday December…

Library in the Park with Nourishing Literacy

Join PCI staff at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square to check out library materials and sign up for a library card on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. This program will begin on Tuesday September 28 and end on Tuesday December…

Someone's in the Kitchen

Join  Ange Branca, James Beard Award-winning chef , and three of the multi-national chefs from Kampar Kitchen, for a fundraising event live with NBC10 reporter Miguel Martinez Valle  and  Drexel Food…

A Taste of African Heritage

"A Taste of African Heritage is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots. This healthy way of eating is powerfully nutritious and delicious, and naturally meets the guidelines experts…

Library in the Park with Nourishing Literacy

Join PCI staff at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square to check out library materials and sign up for a library card on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. This program will begin on Tuesday September 28 and end on Tuesday December…

Kids’ Wellness Day featuring Stacey Woodson, MS, RD, LDN author of Delicious and Nutritious: The Princess of Picky Eating Tries New Foods

Kids' Wellness Day is a collaboration between the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Children's Department, The Free Library Culinary Literacy Center's Nourishing Literacy team, and author Stacey…

Kids’ Wellness Day featuring Stacey Woodson, MS, RD, LDN author of Delicious and Nutritious: The Princess of Picky Eating Tries New Foods

Kids' Wellness Day is a collaboration between the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Children's Department, The Free Library Culinary Literacy Center's Nourishing Literacy team, and author Stacey…

A Taste of African Heritage

"A Taste of African Heritage is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots. This healthy way of eating is powerfully nutritious and delicious, and naturally meets the guidelines experts…

Library in the Park with Nourishing Literacy

Join PCI staff at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square to check out library materials and sign up for a library card on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. This program will begin on Tuesday September 28 and end on Tuesday December…

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:…

Foods of the Muslim World: Syrian Molokheya

Celebrate the Muslim world through food! The Culinary Literacy Center and Manuscripts of the Muslim World Project are hosting a free culinary class! Please join us in the teaching kitchen while chef Osama Herkal prepares…

A Taste of African Heritage

"A Taste of African Heritage is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots. This healthy way of eating is powerfully nutritious and delicious, and naturally meets the guidelines experts…

Library in the Park with Nourishing Literacy

Join PCI staff at the Goat Statue in Rittenhouse Square to check out library materials and sign up for a library card on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. This program will begin on Tuesday September 28 and end on Tuesday December…

Cook-Along with Nourishing Literacy: Family Style Pumpkin Party!

This event is for children, youth, and caregivers and will be held over Zoom. Register for free here ! We will make a few simple recipes using canned and fresh pumpkin! If able to cook along with us, you will have a snack to enjoy at…

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:…

A Taste of African Heritage

"A Taste of African Heritage is a way of eating based on the healthy food traditions of people with African roots. This healthy way of eating is powerfully nutritious and delicious, and naturally meets the guidelines experts…

Taller de Calaveritas de Azúcar - Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Workshop

Come make a calavera in celebration of Día de Muertos! No ofrenda is complete without a richly decorated calavera. And Artist Ivonne Pinto-García will show us how to make one with the help of generous…

Fun Veggie Art Project and More!

Fun Veggie Art Project and much more!   Stop by outside Bustleton Library on October 26th at 4 pm for a fun event for families with children of all ages. Members of the Culinary Literacy Center's Nourishing Literacy team…

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…