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Programs for Foodies and Friends: The Recipe Project, Soul Food Junkies, Dirt Candy and More

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Musical recipes... a soul food journey... a history of peanut butter... food bloggers... urban farmers and foragers...Dirt Candy... Julia Child... America's banana king... the hidden financial and political aspects of food... the astrological signs of the delicatessen... foodways of the African diaspora... cooking on TV. The Lunch Hour NYC exhibition currently at the Schwarzman Building has inspired us to offer some truly varied food related programs at the Mid-Manhattan Library. If you haven't seen this fascinating exhibit, which looks back at a century of New York lunches, why not combine a visit with one of our upcoming programs?

On Saturday, December 8th, the acclaimed band One Ring Zero will perform songs from their latest release, The Recipe Project: A Delectable Extravaganza of Food and Music at 2 p.m. The songs from The Recipe Project are actually recipes from famous chefs sung word for word and set in a musical style suggested by the chef. You can hear some sample songs on the Recipe Project website, like "Brains and Eggs" based on a Chris Cosentino recipe, "Creamless Creamed Corn" from a recipe created by Tom Colicchio, or my personal favorite, "Raw Peach" from a Mark Kurlansky "recipe." Other chefs who collaborated on the project include Mario Batalli, John Besh, David Chang, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Andrea Reusing, Aaron Sanchez and Michael Symon.

We invite you to take a soul food journey on Monday, December 10th at 7 p.m., when award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt presents his PBS documentary Soul Food Junkies. In the film he shares what he has learned about the African American cuisine known as soul food and its connection to cultural identity. His research was prompted by his father's reluctance to stop eating the food he loved despite the fact that it was a threat to his health. Mr. Hurt will answer questions after the the screening.

Hungry for more? We have lots of programs dealing with many different aspects of food and cooking coming up. Join us one evening at 6:30 for:

December

January

February and March

Many NYPL branches are offering food related programs and classes for different ages in conjunction with the Lunch Hour NYC exhibition. Check the program schedule for upcoming events near you. NYPL staff have also created some booklists on food and cooking and there are more coming! You can find these on our NYPL Recommendations page. At Mid-Manhattan, we've recently put together lists of fun Films for Foodies and Food & Cooking Memoirs. Bon appétit!

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Thanks for the list of great suggestions!

I just checked out a copy of Dearie, looking forward to the program in January. And I'm definitely attending the Smitten Kitchen program in December. Perelman is one of the food bloggers featured in the Ladies Home Journal doing a holiday cookie swap with the Barefoot Contessa, some good recipes there. http://www.lhj.com/recipes/holidays/christmas/holiday-baking-tips-traditions-with-ina-garten/

Chocolate peanut butter globs. Oh my!

Thanks for sharing the link to the cookie swap article, Lois. I think I just might have to bake some on Ina Garten's chocolate peanut butter globs. Clara Artschwager's apple cider ginger cookies sound lovely, too. www.lhj.com/recipes/holidays/christmas/ina-gartens-holiday-cookie-swap-recipes I'd also like to try the gingerbread apple upside-down cake recipe on the Smitten Kitchen blog. http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/11/gingerbread-apple-upside-down-cake/ (Yes, I'm a fan of gingery desserts. And apples.) Hope you enjoy Dearie by Bob Spitz! I just picked up a copy, too, and am looking forward to it. I loved My Love in France.

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