Stone Soup

How Recipes Can Preserve History and Nourish Community

Sometimes the most overlooked objects can offer the most perceptive insights about ourselves and others. In this conversation, writer and independent scholar Jennifer Roberts introduces historical and current recipes and asks, How do recipes work? Why do we collect them? Who do we write them for? By sharing our own assumptions and memories, we will examine how recipes can help us connect and create communities across time, distance, and culture. Participants are encouraged to bring any treasured recipes they'd like to share with the group. These recipes may end up in a story-based collection compiled throughout this Conversation Project program.

 

Leader

Jennifer Roberts | Grants Pass |

Jennifer Roberts is a writer and independent scholar who lives in Josephine County. She received her PhD in English literature from the University of Minnesota, where she discovered her fascination with the history of science and medicine. Studying alchemy and early pharmacology sparked her interest in recipes of all kinds. She is currently working on a novel set in the seventeenth century that involves witchcraft, alchemy, and, of course, recipes.

Program Themes

Community , Food , Home

Equipment Needs

Digital projector, screen, laptop computer