Deschutes Public Library News
A Taste of Afghanistan
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 4/14/2005
Sample traditional foods at a program titled, “Taste of Afghanistan,” at the Bend and Sunriver Libraries. These programs are part of the Novel Idea … Read Together, community-reading project offered by Deschutes Public Library with the support of the Friends of the Bend and Sunriver Public Libraries, the Deschutes Public Library Foundation, The Source Weekly, and KLRR 107.7. The program is free and open to the public, but participation is limited to 48 at the Bend program and 30 at the Sunriver program. Cal 312-1032 to make reservations.
During the program, participants will taste a variety of foods and beverages while being schooled in the culinary traditions of Afghanistan. Leading the discussion is Gregory McClarren, who has been the Co-Convivium Leader of the Central Oregon Slow Food Organization for the past six years. He researched Afghan food using cookbooks, web resources and collecting first hand information from restaurant owners. “Afghan food is a melting pot of the cultures that came and went,” says McClarren. He says that the primary flavors of Afghan food include mint, cardamom, cilantro, and turmeric.
Teresa Cravens and her staff at TLC Catering will be preparing the food for the program. “What is precious about Afghan food is that the pure, simple ingredients blend together to please the palate.” Cravens says the food resembles Middle Eastern cooking, but that it maintains traditions all its own. “Although Afghanistan is in close proximity to China and India, people should be prepared for something entirely different,” says Cravens.
For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.