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Book Talk: “The Ark of Taste,” by Giselle Kennedy Lord and David S. Shields

July 17 @ 7:00 pm

Please join us on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 pm for an evening of the “joy and justice of biodiversity” with Co-Author of The Ark of Taste David Shields and Director of Network Engagement at Slow Food USA Deion Jones. The program will be offered both in person in our Program Room, Radcliffe Building, and on Zoom.
The author’s book talk and the panel discussion to follow will highlight Slow Food’s The Ark of Taste, a global and grassroots effort to catalog the amazing range of foods around us before they disappear and to raise awareness about how we can act together to preserve and promote these foods that represent the taste of place and a culture.
David Shields is known as “the flavor saver.” He tracks down lost food crops and assists in restoring them to fields and tables: Carolina Gold Rice, Cocke’s Prolific Corn, Rice Peas, Purple Straw Wheat, the Dyehouse Cherry, Benne, Carolina African Runner Peanut, Purple Ribbon Sugar Cane, Hick’s Mulberry, Seashore Black Seed Rye, and Bradford Watermelon. Among his 14 published books, he has written award-winning agricultural and culinary histories —Southern Provisions (2015), The Culinarians (2017), Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes & Their Stories (2021), and most recently The Ark of Taste (2023). His research links horticulture to the table, agriculture to home and professional cookery. He chairs the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, heads the Ark of Taste Committee for the South, and became the Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina in 2024. He is the Southern Foodways Alliance’s “Keeper of the Flame,” twice a James Beard finalist in food history, and Slow Food’s Snailblazer for Biodiversity. Read more about David Shields here.
Deion Jones serves as the director of network engagement for Slow Food USA, which means he leads efforts in network growth, troubleshooting, and providing tools to network leaders and members. Food has been, and continues to be, a passion for Deion throughout his academic and professional endeavors. Both his undergraduate work, at Florida Gulf Coast University, and his graduate work, at University of Oregon, centered on food, focusing on sustainable sourcing and immigrant identity through food, respectively. Beyond academia, Deion dedicates his time to seeing as many corners of the food realm that he studied as possible, from urban and rural farms and food banks with Feeding America, to public health and one of the best farm-to-table fine dining establishments in the world, Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Please register for this free program. If you wish to attend on Zoom, please register here.

Reserve a copy of The Ark of Taste from our catalog or purchase a copy from Athena Books.

Historical Foodways: Seed, Hearth & Taste is co-curated by Kathy McCormack, Perrot Memorial Library board president, and Ali Ghiorse, co-founder of The Foodshed Forum.

For more information, please contact Judy Sgammato at 203-637-1066 x15 or at [email protected]


July 17
7:00 pm
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Perrot Memorial Library
90 Sound Beach Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870 United States
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