Food and China’s Silk Road: Influences to and from the West
by Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman on
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 1 PM in the
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre.
Dr. Newman will discuss the East-West cultural exchanges that occurred on the Silk Road through the medium of food. Cultural exchange through food began in the city of Xian, China and continued on through the Mediterranean and beyond. A food tasting will follow Dr. Newman’s presentation, featuring recipes from the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, part of Stony Brook University Libraries’ Special Collections. Copies of the recipes will be provided to guests. Free Admission and Free Tasting; RSVP Required for Guaranteed Seating. Co-sponsored by Special Collections of the University Libraries, The Confucius Institute and the Charles B. Wang Center.
Dr. Newman is professor emerita, Queens College and in addition to her impressive record of publication, her career as an educator, and being named the 2009 recipient of the Amelia Award, an honor bestowed for outstanding lifetime achievement in culinary history, she is the founder and editor of the award-winning magazine Flavor and Fortune. It is the first, and the only, American, English-language quarterly about Chinese food and Chinese dietary culture.
It was in 2002 that she decided to share her passion for this area of study and collecting. She visited many libraries to see if there was interest in her collection. After much careful consideration, Dr. Newman selected our library at Stony Brook to be the home for her one of a kind collection. In the years since, she has annually donated new materials to the collection and has provided support to ensure the growth and maintenance of it. Special Collections, located in the Melville Library, manages and curates the collection. All are welcome to consult it, by appointment. For more information, please visit the website for the collection. -Kristen J. Nyitray, Head, Special Collections and University Archives, University Archivist