Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center

Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center


I reserved 2 spots for tonight's event with Bryant Terry, but will not be attending. Please make the space available. Not sure how to cancel the tickets. Thanks.
Let’s Read Math orientation and minigrants Combine READING and MATH. Read good children’s books and do fun math activities. – at SCHOOL – in AFTER SCHOOL centers – in SUMMER programs – in LIBRARIES – at FAMILY NIGHTS – at HOME, with parents and kids Explore the possibilities. Find out what you can do. Join us for an orientation session At The Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine Street, Room 405 Thursday, March 29, 2-4pm Friday, April, 6, 9:30-11:30 OR Thursday, April 26, 9:30-11:30 If you like what you hear, you can apply for a mini grant to get • FREE Let’s Read Math Funbooks • FREE professional development to get you started There is no additional cost unless you opt to purchase children’s books.Go to the home page of to register for the orientation, for more information, and to get a grant application.
Tonight! Join the President of The Humane League in a free webinar to ask any question you have for him and see him present on the state of the animal protection movement. You don't want to miss this!! Sign up here:
On Aug 10 from 6:30-9 PM, The Wild Foodies of Philly is hosting our 3RD Annual Forest-To-Plate Dinner at The Cope House at Awbury Arboretum. This wonderful event is made possible by Jeffery A. Miller, one of Philadelphia's most outstanding chefs and top caterers. These dinners have been magical, uniting fantastic food with a warm and historic atmosphere. We start with a wild edibles tour, then appetizers, followed by an always phenomenal dinner. Much of the meal is foraged on site. Please register at > ($75) If you are vegan or have any dietary restrictions, the registration form has a window for that option. Hope to see you on Aug 10 for this dynamic dinner featuring “real” food foraged from nature! Lynn Landes, Founder [email protected] 215-629-3553
Illuminating Intro to Sake event last night with Jamie Graves at the Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center! I think for several of us in the audience a new door in wine exploration has been opened...

The Culinary Literacy Center advances literacy through food and cooking around a communal table.

Every bite of food we eat tells a story. Here’s ours: The Free Library is advancing literacy in Philadelphia in a unique and innovative way—with a fork and a spoon. Cooking and eating are educational acts and provide opportunities to learn math, science, languages, history and so much more. Using cooking as the vehicle for learning, the Culinary Literacy Center advances literacy through food and cooking around a communal table. Opened in 2014, the Culinary Literacy Center is the first space of its kind in a public library and serves as a model for libraries worldwide. The Culinary Literacy Center is based in our kitchen classroom at Parkway Central, but we offer programming at nearly all of our neighborhood libraries. Culinary Literacy Center programs teach healthy cooking, build community, and promote civic dialogue. Every month, we host over 30 programs throughout the city. Register for an event and you might see: • Your favorite cookbook authors or local chefs demonstrating how to make a signature dish. • An immigrant-led cooking class, showcasing the diversity of tastes and cultures in Philadelphia. • A class of third graders experimenting with new foods and cooking a meal from scratch. • English-language learners practicing new words while making a new dish—and new friends. • A registered dietician showing how to build a healthy lifestyle, starting in the kitchen. Pull up a seat at our table and see what’s cooking at the Free Library of Philadelphia!

Happy Earth Day!

Have you tried growing from scraps before? For more info and ideas, check out our Instagram page at !

[04/22/20]   On this edition of #freelibraryhomecooks, Flan demonstrates how to make a healthy, delicious Tuna Noodle Bake with Cabbage- using pantry ingredients supplemented with FREE food provided by the City's Food Access Program!

The full recipe can be found here:

Need food? Distribution sites are open Mondays and Thursdays across the City from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find more information here:

What's Cooking (at home!) at the Free Library: April 2020

What's Cooking (at home!) at the Free Library: Check out April's newsletter to learn more about programming, resources, and ideas for #stayhome activities!

Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center's Edible Alphabet program teaches English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking projects. While our locations are closed, we'll be sharing weekly recipes from our class curriculum and past participants:

Free Library of Philadelphia

Happy National Library Week! This year we're celebrating all of our great digital resources and ways that we can serve you, even while our buildings are closed.

This National Library Week, we're focusing on the ways our community can use the Free Library from home, while our buildings are closed.

Have you taken advantage of our digital resources yet?

Ginger Chicken & Fried Rice is nice!! Visit our Instagram page @freelibrarycooks for a modified, 5-step recipe for all ages, with youth and families in mind. The Free Library’s digital collection is exciting to explore, with great cookbooks for kitchen inspiration. Chopping once, cooking twice, tasting Ginger Chicken & Fried Rice!

Mayor Jim Kenney

The City and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging are launching free food sites for seniors.

✅ 23 locations
✅ Grab-and-go meals
✅ Call ahead to reserve
✅ Family members may pick up if preferred

Learn more and find a site near you ⬇️

[04/15/20]   Are you in need of food? On this edition of #freelibraryhomecooks we are using ingredients provided by the City's Food Access Plan to create a delicious Meatless Shepherd's Pie! This is a healthy, filling meal for the whole family. The City's Food Access Plan- a joint initiative with Philabundance and @SHAREfood- provides free boxes of food on Mondays and Thursdays throughout Philadelphia. No id required. To learn more about this and other hunger relief initiatives, visit

#Repost @servsafe
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Reinforce safe food handling with FREE training! Now available two NEW training videos - ServSafe Delivery and ServSafe Takeout: COVID-19 Precautions. Also through April 30, we are offering ServSafe Food Handler Online Course and Assessment FREE of charge to all restaurant workers. (Limit one per person). Start training now -
#ServSafe #FreeTraining #FoodSafety #culinaryliteracy

Stuck at home without Easter Egg Dye? Never fear! You can make homemade dye with ingredients you may have around the house.
We used red onion skins, grated red radishes, yellow onion skins, and turmeric. Put each item in a separate bowl and pour boiling water over it. After letting it steep for ten minutes, strain the liquid into another bowl.
Let the eggs take a bath for 30 minutes and you’re good to go! They may not be as bright as the store-bought dye, but it’s way more fun!

Go on a (virtual) culinary journey with @hoopladigital! Your library card gives you free access to some great cooking shows set in exciting destinations- including early seasons of @greatbritishbaking 🍰 Check out this e-resource today by visiting! #culinaryliteracy #eresource #couchtraveler #stayhome

Where to find free, nutritious food during COVID-19 | Managing Director's Office

Reminder- free food sites are open today and Thursday from 10am until 12pm! No ID needed, just show up. Click below for the full listing of locations. The City of Philadelphia and partners are providing free food for pickup at sites across the city.

Starting tomorrow, you can pick up a box of FREE food at sites across the city from 10am-12pm.
Each box has enough food for five meals and each household gets one box. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

From @phillymayor

No ID or proof of income required. Starts this Monday.

Click the link in bio or go to

Nuevo: A partir del lunes, tendremos comida gratuita para cualquiera que la necesite. Esto es adicional a nuestros centros de comida solo para estudiantes. Puedes recoger una caja por hogar que te durará hasta cinco días. ➡️

Just in time for Sunday brunch, we’ve got pancakes from scratch, made with help from two guest stars.
This pancake recipe comes from Edible Alphabet, the Culinary Literacy Center’s flagship program for English language learners, offered across the city at Neighborhood Libraries as well as Parkway Central.

We’re making pancakes with the kids. Really professional, highly polished, definitely not messy or loud instructional video on making pancakes from scratch to drop tomorrow, Saturday, 3.28.

White Bean and Sausage Stew

Did you panic-purchase dried beans even though you’re not sure how to cook them? No? Just us?

Check out this #FreeLibraryHomeCooks as Liz follows @clarkbar’s recipe for a foolproof way to make a delicious meal out of that bag of beans.

Check out for @flpauthorevents podcast of Melissa Clark’s 2017 Author Event.
Use your @freelibrary library card to access the @nytimes online for free.

PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic – UPDATED!!!

Check out these suggestions for safely navigating grocery shopping.


For today’s #FreeLibraryHomeCooks, we are making a vegetable quiche.
Here’s how:
1. Whisk 3 large eggs, 1.5 cups of milk/cream, and a good pinch of salt.
2. Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. We used mozzarella, feta, and Parmesan.
3. Add 1.5 cups of cooked veggies. We used leftovers—sautéed broccoli, chard, and asparagus.
4. Whisk it all together and pour into a pie crust. Our crust was homemade, but frozen is 👍🏻
5. Bake at 375* for 40-45 minutes until the eggs are set and not wiggly.

The Free Library may be closed, but our home kitchens are open. In this first video, we are making Marcella Hazan’s simple, three-ingredient tomato sauce.

Find free meals for students while schools are closed | Office of Children and Families

There’s a new schedule and new sites for free meals for children while schools are closed.

Beginning Monday, March 23, families can pick up meals at 80 locations. See the link for the list of locations.

District schools are open Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon.

Families will receive six meals per student—3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

All children and youth are eligible, and no ID is required. Find meals for youth while schools are closed.

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center is closed, but our home kitchens are open.

We’ll be sharing our plant-forward we’re cooking using pantry items, fresh and frozen produce, and plant and animal-based proteins. The recipes will be flexible, with suggestions for substitutions. They’ll also be cozy meals and some will take longer than we’re usually spending on meals because we believe in the power of cooking to make us feel better and that our kitchens can be an oasis of calm.

Welcome to #freelibraryhomecooks

To kick off, we’re making dinner to celebrate Spring: A delicious mess of vegetables sautéed with sausage over creamy polenta.
This recipe serves 4-6.

Sautéed Vegetables
2 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 sausage links, casings removed
Half an onion (white, yellow, sweet, red: use what you’ve got on hand), chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups of vegetables, chopped
Squeeze of lemon
Salt and pepper

Creamy Polenta*
4 cups liquid (any combination of water, milk, or broth)
1 cup cornmeal, ground for polenta or grits

1. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat.
2. Add sausage, break apart with a spoon, and cook until browned. Remove from pan and place in a small bowl.**
3. Turn heat down to medium and add onion. Cook until soft and translucent.
4. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring.
5. Add chopped vegetables.*** Cook for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
6. While the vegetables are cooking, bring the four cups of liquid**** to a boil on high heat.
7. When the liquid comes to a boil, slowly pour the cornmeal into the pot, whisking as you pour.
8. Turn the heat down to medium-low and whisk frequently. Cook for 20 minutes.
9. When the vegetables are cooked—they’ll be bright and have a bit of a bite left; you don’t want them to be mushy—add the sausage back to the pan and stir to combine.
10. Add salt and pepper to taste, as well as a squeeze of lemon.
11. If the veggies are done before the polenta, turn the heat off under the veggies and put a lid on the pan until the polenta is ready.
12. Serve vegetables on top of the polenta.

*You can sub polenta for any whole grains: brown or white rice, farro, quinoa, OR pasta.
**Use bacon or pancetta in place of sausage. Or skip the meat all together. It’s not the star here, but it adds some nice flavor.
***We used asparagus, leftover roasted broccoli, and some chard that survived the winter in the garden. Use what you’ve got, but most importantly, what you like. You can use canned or frozen vegetables here as well.
****Our ratio: 2 cups milk and 2 cups chicken broth.

Find Food - WhyHunger

Are you in need of food? @WhyHunger has a Food Finder that will direct you to resources near you. FIND FOOD in Spanish The WhyHunger Hotline refers people in need across the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals sites, government nutrition programs and grassroots organizations, especially those that provide access to nutritious foods and nutritional support services. Call 1(800)

#Repost @freelibrary
If you have physical library materials checked out, don't worry: all loan periods and holds will be extended until we reopen. Book drops will be CLOSED, and we will be unable to accept new holds. Visit to take advantage of our digital resources!

Looking for ways to keep little hands busy while using ingredients already in your pantry?
We’re making @leanneebrown’s pizza dough and doubling the recipe to have on hand for calzones later in the week.
A little mess is an easy trade off for hands-on fun.
Check out for a free downloadable pdf of Good and Cheap in English and Spanish.
Check out the @freelibrary’s e-books for cookbooks you can check out without leaving the house. Link in the bio.

In the interest of helping to limit the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Free Library is cancelling all public programs (with the exception of our LEAP out-of-school-time program) and outreach activities beginning March 16 through at least March 31, at which point we will reevaluate.

Join us this Spring at your Free Library of Philadelphia Neighborhood Library for Family Food and Wellness, a series on cooking and exercise for children and caregivers. Cooking classes feature new recipes that are delicious and healthy while being quick and inexpensive to make—and get the whole family working together in the kitchen! Wellness classes highlight fun and accessible ways to keep you and your children physically active. Generously sponsored by CHIP, brought to you by Keystone Health Plan East. Independence Blue Cross


What’s cooking at your library? #culinaryliteracy

If you think Mexican food is delicious now, just imagine what it tasted like back in the day!

Blog: One Book Food and Community Conversation

Next week, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center and One Book, One Philadelphia will bring together panelists who reflect a range of involvement in Philadelphia’s commitment to economic justice, food education and land sovereignty, and cultural foodways and traditions: On February 11 , the Culinary Literacy Center and One Book will bring together panelists who reflect a range of involvement in Philadelphia’s commitment to economic justice, food education…

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Food for thought #culinaryliteracy Mrs. Flora Mae Hunter's cooking on a Florida estate delighted captains of industry and even British royalty.

Eat Like a 1970s Radical With 'The People's Philadelphia Cookbook'

Food for thought #culinaryliteracy The 1976 book included contributions from the Black Power and Gay Liberation movements.

Ticket sales for the 1/21 event end at midnight tonight — get yours before it’s too late!

The Taste & Sound 2020 Season is going to be amazing! Ben Miller and Shakoor Hakeem return for a third season,get your tickets now!

1.21st Taste and Sound Dinner with Shakoor Hakeem and Ben Miller 6:30 PM Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center
In this redux, Miller and Hakeem will begin their 2020 Philadelphia residency in Parkway Central’s Skyline Room and once again bring together the culinary and acoustic potential of improvisation.Our chef-musician duo will present an intimate, multi-sensory event for participants to experience the reverberations and flavors of a three-course vegan meal enjoyed family style.

Pre-registration required via Eventbrite; tickets $0-$50. SNAP eligible participants are provided with a free ticket, with advance communication. Please call the Culinary Literacy Center at (215) 686-5323 to receive one of these reserved tickets, no questions asked. For more information, email [email protected]

1.28th - 1.30th Taste and Sound Residency 7:00 PM South Philly Barbacoa
The Taste & Sound Residency offers a dinner and a performance, transcending the sounds of cooking into an experimental musical performance. This year they will be joined by very special guest Graham Haynes, an American cornetist, trumpeter and composer. The son of jazz drummer Roy Haynes, Graham is known for his work in nu jazz, fusing jazz with elements of hip hop and electronic music, along with his foundational role in the groundbreaking M-Base Collective."

Tickets via EventBrite $65 BYOB

Don’t Yuck My Yum: Kids Books That Dismantle Orientalism & Food Shaming - Books For Littles

Food for thought #culinaryliteracy Children's picture books that dismantle cultural food shaming and racism against American Asian & Pacific Islanders.

Taste & Sound - South Philly Barbacoa Part 1

So looking forward to Taste and Sound next week! Limited tickets remain: register this weekend using link in comments #tasteandsound #culinaryliteracy "SPB Part I" - Shakoor Hakeem, Chef Ben Miller and cornetist, trumpeter and composer Graham Haynes perform music, prepare food and serve the audience at South Philly Barbacoa. Producer - J. Michael Harrison, Audio Engineer - Tyler McClure, Cameras - Christopher Andrew Studios, Graphics - Stanley Wea...

How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Composting Already

What is your New Year's resolution? If you're taking your kitchen game to the next level, don't forget the scraps. We started composting at the Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center in 2019 and look forward to how we will grow our commitment to waste reduction in 2020! #culinaryliteracy Tiny kitchen? No backyard? Fear of smells? We got you.

How White Claws and wellness changed drinking culture this year

Ringing in the New Year with a new drink in your hand? Americans still drink. But in 2019, it became cool to drink less.

Felted Bacon Sizzles and Wooly Bread is Sliced in Breakfast-Themed Fiber Animations by Andrea Love

Food for thought #culinaryliteracy View this post on Instagram A post shared by Andrea Love (@andreaanimates) on Nov 26, 2019 at 6:20am PST We've all heard that we should incorporate more fiber into our diets. But did our doctors mean... wool? Andrea Love is on the front lines

"Does bacon go with oysters? Does ostrich pair well with spring onions? Intelligent ingredient pairing charts, built from data-mining over 1,000 recipes" #culinaryliteracy #whatscooking #atyourlibrary

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Concept: David McCandless
Visualization design: Willow Tyrer
Research: Pearl Doughty-White

Does bacon go with oysters? Does ostrich pair well with spring onions? Intelligent ingredient pairing charts, built from data-mining over 1,000 recipes:

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