Public invited to talk about how recipes build community

Library offers “Stone Soup” Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Sometimes the most overlooked objects can offer the most perceptive insights about ourselves and others.
The community is invited to join writer and independent scholar Jennifer Roberts from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Illinois Valley branch located at 209 W Palmer in Cave Junction as she introduces historical and current recipes and asks: How do recipes work? Why do we collect them? Who do we write them for?
By sharing their own assumptions and memories, participants of this Oregon Humanities Conversation Project will examine how recipes can help connect and create communities across time, distance, and culture. Participants are encouraged to bring any treasured recipes they would like to share with the group. These recipes may end up in a story-based collection compiled throughout this Conversation Project program.
Jennifer Roberts is a writer and independent scholar who lives in Josephine County. She received her PhD in English literature from the University of Minnesota, where she discovered her fascination with the history of science and medicine. Studying alchemy and early pharmacology sparked her interest in recipes of all kinds. She is currently working on a novel set in the seventeenth century that involves witchcraft, alchemy, and, of course, recipes.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.
For more information, contact Illinois Valley Branch Manager Roberta Lee at 541-592-4778 or email