Butter, Brains, and Skill: Food Literacy and Food Politics in the Library


The pandemic has sent the nation back into the kitchen to make banana bread and feed sourdough starter instead of eating in restaurants. This renewed interest in food prompts a look at how cookbooks and foods have historically been championed by women and marginalized communities, and how recipes and food narratives have served as their voices. Three librarians present their research on the relationship between food and culture in Oregon, demonstrating how libraries can adapt food literacy concepts for public programming and engagement.


  • Maureen Flanagan Battistella, Southern Oregon University Sociology /Anthropology
  • Katie Mayer Oregon Historical Society, Technical Services Librarian
  • Amanda Lamb Newberg Public Library, Children’s Librarian

Video Recording  https://youtu.be/825U5qNRYDs

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