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Noted author to visit Caz, speak on Dutch delicacies

— The Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library and The Friends of Lorenzo are pleased to announce the first in a series of culinary-themed educational programs this year, with a discussion about the imprint of the Dutch on culinary traditions by author Peter Rose.

“The Influence of Dutch Culture on the American Kitchen” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room. The presentation will be free and is open to the public.

Rose’s presentation is made possible through “Speakers in the Humanities,” a program of the New York Council for the Humanities. Speakers in the humanities lectures are underwritten with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Legislature and through funds from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Winner of the Alice P. Kenney Award for her scholarship of Dutch food history, Rose has written eight books on the Dutch in America and regional cooking of the Hudson Valley. For 21 years she appeared as a featured columnist in Gannett newspapers in New York.

Additionally, she has written for many world-renowned journals including Gourmet and The New York Times. Rose’s writings incorporate a mixture of authentic Dutch recipes and information on historic cooking techniques such as open hearth cooking.

At her Cazenovia appearance, Rose will speak about how Dutch cooking techniques were altered to fit early American lifestyles and the lasting legacy of Dutch culture on American cuisine. To complement Rose’s discussion, artisanal cheesemaker Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese will provide a sampling of Dutch cheeses.

Since its launch in 1983, the council’s Speakers in the Humanities program has linked distinguished scholars with a diverse audience through the presentation of lectures on a broad range of topics. All “Speakers” events are free and open to the general public. Each year, hundreds of cultural organizations and community groups take advantage of this program, which offers the very best in humanities scholarship to thousands of citizens in every corner of New York state.

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