Culinary Literacy Center
Date posted: June 9, 2014
Combining food, literacy and community partners is a recipe for success.
Last week, the Free Library of Philadelphia opened its Culinary Literacy Center, an innovative approach to supporting literacy while promoting healthy cooking and better nutrition. The Center is housed in a well appointed, new demonstration kitchen in the central library and will offer cooking and nutrition classes that incorporate literacy, math, science and problem-solving.
Community partners in literacy, nutrition, culinary education and social service programs will be involved in developing the classes and directing people they serve to the center’s offerings. It is anticipated that the Center will be of most benefit to students with little or no kitchen experience, grandparents caring for young children, adults enrolled in literacy programs, and restaurant workers who speak limited English. Public programs will include cooking demonstrations and classes, workshops on budgeting and cooking for healthy living, appearances by cookbook authors, and presentations on related topics like community gardens and urban farms.