Library hosts ‘Vintage Cookbooks, Modern Cooks’ March 11

Rockford Public Library will host “Vintage Cookbooks, Modern Cooks,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 11, in the Main Library Auditorium, 215 N. Wyman St. (enter from Mulberry Street).

In this exciting program, Penelope Bingham, a cookbook collector and appraiser, will discuss what practical use old cookbooks and heirloom recipes have or don’t have for today’s cooks.

Today’s food scene includes new ingredients and ethnic cuisines undreamed of by previous generations of cooks in this country. What are American cooks really making for dinner today? This program invites the audience to think about the ways in which what we cook and eat is influenced by our identity as Americans.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite cookbooks—old or new—to share. Registration is not required.

This event is free and open to the public. It is made possible in part by an award from the Illinois Humanities Council. For more information about these and other library programs, go to the events calendar online at

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