A little bit of this and a little bit of that, a passion for food, and fresh ingredients is what makes a simple recipe into something memorable.
Did you know that October 20th was International Chefs Day? What is International Chefs Day you ask? It was started back in 2004 by Dr. Bill Gallagher, a well-known South African chef, who at the time was the president of a chef’s network WorldChef. He passed in 2014 but his contributions to industry live on through this special day.
The chefs that are part of this network are encouraged on October 20th to focus on educating children around the world about the importance of healthy eating through programs , and promoting being a chef as a career that helps build better communities. Celebrate this special day by using Sarasota County Public Library’s wealth of resources to learn and cook up something deliciously healthy.
When I was a child, food was an important part of our family life. Culturally, we used food as a reason to gather with family and friends on Sundays. While other kids at school had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their lunch box, I would have a Sicilian frittata on a loaf of bread and pastina soup in my thermos! As a family, if we had nothing else but food, we were happy. Being a foodie became a pastime. When travelling, I use the libraries’ digital resources to learn more about culture in food. In the time in between life, travel, and work using cookbooks that focused on various gastronomic adventures became a perfect way to experience destinations through my taste buds.
It would be very hard to find a living organism on this planet that doesn’t need some form of food to survive. Being human in the modern world, we have access to the learning resources which give us the necessary skills to make food taste better. Whether you’re a novice or a semi- pro, Sarasota County Libraries is the perfect place to take your food game to the next level with books full of recipes and stories about cooking. For the love of food, let’s eat, drink and be healthy. For more information on International Chefs Day and free recipes please visit its official site.
Submitted by Shannon Staub Library Assistant Manager Joanne Schmaler