Join award-winning author and historian Ann Vileisis as she discusses her book "Kitchen Literacy: how we lost knowledge of where food comes from and why we need to get it back."

With engaging stories and historic images, Vileisis will recount the colorful history of preparing dinner in America—all the while keeping a bead on what home cooks have known and not known about their foods as the distance between farm and kitchen grew. In the end, she’ll discuss modern shoppers’ renewed interest in knowing more about how and where foods are produced and how this culinary revolution has the potential to transform our relationship with food and place.

"Kitchen Literacy" was recognized as one of “50 books that will change your life” by Real Simple Magazine.

“Her book performs a valuable service in reminding readers that we were not always so clueless when it came to making food choices.”

Washington Post

“This important and eye-opening book uncovers the machinery behind the modern food industry….Vileisis gathers it all in one place, weaving a clear, easy-to-read tapestry whose meaning is plain by the end of the book: you are what you eat, so think about what you've been eating.”

Library Journal

“It’s a fascinating read and, in my opinion, should be on every nightstand in the country!”

—Lake Oswego Review

“A ‘must-read’ for modern-day consumers in the post-family farm era.”

—Midwest Book Review

“Vileisis' book provides an urgent historical overview on how distant foods rose to such prominence in the American marketplace and diet.”

—Seattle Post-Intelligencier

About the Author:
Ann Vileisis is the award-winning author of three books that explore culture and nature through history. As an independent scholar, she has pursued path-breaking topics in environmental history, including wetlands, food, and marine life. She studied history at Yale and Utah State and now lives on Oregon’s coast.



Wednesday, June 9, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Events for Adults and Grade 6+ Only Good for Adults Age 55+ Good for Parents Good for Young Professionals (Lit Up)
Author Talk Lecture
Arlington Public Library
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