Culinary Literacy Center In the News

Billy Penn

There's an apiary atop the Parkway Central branch, plus an observation hive *inside* the Port Richmond location.

Philly Mag

Pizza-making classes, wine tastings for every level, and programming kids will love.

Philly Mag

Philly’s food festivals, specials, and pop-ups worth putting on your calendar.


Philadelphia celebrated the end of Welcoming Week by honoring city workers and community advocates who help immigrants, refugees, and others figure out how to make the city their new home.

WURD Radio

Interview with Aurora Sanchez and Shalya Felton-Dorsey on Savory & Sweet

Philadelphia Magazine

Commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison during the Revolution, le quatorze juillet is France's celebration of independence. If the Francophile in you longs to get your liberté-égalité-fraternité on, here are your best bets around Philly.

Al Día

Amy Rivera Nasser always saw first hand how Puerto Rican cuisine was created from her mother's kitchen in Hunting Park, Philadelphia. "She was always in the kitchen cooking something," Rivera Nassar said in an interview with AL DíA News.


On the first weekend of Black History Month, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center invited the public to celebrate soul food with a healthy twist.


Ivonne Pinto-García is not afraid of death. In fact, she accepts that death is inevitable and the destination where we're all headed. She only hopes that when she is physically gone from this world, that she is placed on an altar and honored on Día de los Muertos.

The Cook's Cook

Edible Alphabet at the library is a free series of classes that teaches English through cooking. Language learning through cooking began at the Culinary Literacy Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia, in 2016.


According to the USDA's latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 35 million people in the United States experienced hunger in the year 2019. And that number may have even shot up much higher to 42 million people last year during the pandemic.

Al Día

The American Heart Association steps up to support Philadelphia during the pandemic.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

How do you teach knife skills over the internet? How do you lead a cooking class without providing the ingredients, or the tools, to make the recipe? And how do you cultivate a sense of community via a computer screen?

Oldways - Cultural Food Traditions

In response to COVID-19, Oldways' popular cooking and nutrition curriculum, A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH), has largely moved online.

Library Journal Website

From youth to adults, newcomers to lifelong locals, library literacy programs that work flex to achieve what matters to each patron.

Edible Philly

Since 2014, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center has been a hotspot for innovative food education. Every month's roster of classes is rooted in the center's mission to advance literacy through food.

Northest Time Newsweekly

Edible Alphabet, which aims to help people learn English through cooking, is coming to the Lawncrest Library this month.

Philadelphia Public School: thenotebook

The library is more than a place for children to escape from the heat and dive into their favorite stories this summer. At Parkway Central Library, young people have the opportunity to cook up some delicious fun.

Al Día

When the Free Library of Philadelphia first offered an Edible Alphabet course in 2015, it was for a group of torture survivors from all over the world who knew very little English. The class melds cooking a recipe with practicing a language, as participants learn the words for ingredients and actions in the kitchen as they put them to use.


For many immigrants, coming to America is full of the unfamiliar – from the language to the food. In Philadelphia, a program aims to help these arrivals settle into their new country by folding English lessons into a cooking class.

Erwin will share the techniques required to execute her fried chicken, through the Culinary Literacy Center at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Plenty of warning: Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m. at 1901 Vine Street. Theme is 'Fried chicken in less than an hour.'

The announcement was made at The Free Library's fourth-floor renovated meeting room, which has a wonderful view of the city skyline. Across the hall is a new teaching kitchen to provide space for Philly kids to learn how to cook, with the hope being they will dish up for themselves and families healthy meals to help cut into the city's obesity rate.

The mission has not changed as much as it has expanded since the lessons began with my own daughter in 2012: to convince not only students, but also parents and teachers - and our readers - that it's possible to cook fresh, healthy, really tasty meals without spending a lot. (This program is held at Parkway Central’s Culinary Literacy Center with students from the Russell Byers Charter School)

CBS Philly

This morning the Free Library of Philadelphia, on Logan Circle, hosted its second monthly session of “Chow Down with Veterans” in its fourth-floor culinary literacy center kitchen. “This program focuses on eating a plant-based diet, and so what we are trying to teach them is how to cook delicious, nutritious, easy meals,” says culinary literacy specialist Liz Fitzgerald.

Philadelphia Daily News

FOX 29's Iain Page and Lucy Noland, and CBS3's Kathy Orr, cooked up a storm yesterday at the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch for Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Thanksgiving Throwdown benefit.

Philadelphia Inquirer

The new commercial kitchen at the Free Library of Philadelphia is, by far, the most beautiful, tricked-out kitchen in which I've ever cooked.

In between chugging olive oil and cracking wise, he imparted knife skills, food-preparation techniques, and a killer panzanella recipe to a crowd that included restaurant workers with limited English, kids finding their way around the kitchen for the first time, and parents and grandparents navigating their families' nutritional needs. These are some of the demographics that will be served by the Free Library's new Culinary Literacy Center, which opened Monday with demonstrations from Vetri and fellow chef Jose Garces.

Randolph's winning recipe, cooked up by a team of students at the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center on Thursday morning, will appear on the menu at all 86 of the district's full-service cafeterias.