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The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love, and Memory

Community Lecture Series

The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love, and Memory

A presentation by Harriet Baskas

Hosted by Friends of the Richland Public Library

This talk is not about the old leftovers in the fridge. It is about food that is so old, so unusual, or so meaningful, that no one dares throw it away. Discover the foods archeologists have found buried with mummies, the petrified banana so appealing it sparked a Banana Museum, the 350-year-old fruitcake handed down through generations, 2000-year-old bog butter; and the pickle that has been in a jar since the 1860s. During this “chew and chat,” author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas explores how and why these and other formerly fresh foods may have been forgotten, intentionally tucked away, or preserved due to unusual or peculiar circumstances.

And, more importantly, we’ll talk about how these and other vintage vittles can and do hold memories, tell stories, and connect us with family, with culture, and with history.
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