Arlington, VA

A Talk With Ann Vileisis, author of “Kitchen Literacy”



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

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.

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