Summer Wednesdays looks at eccentric history of food

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MANCHESTER CENTER — The Summer Wednesdays Series at Manchester Community Library kicks off on June 6 at 7 p.m. with "Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food."

The history of what and how we eat encompasses everything from the prehistoric mammoth luau to the medieval banquet to the modern three squares a day.

In this illustrated talk, Rebecca Rupp will explore the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners — plus some catchy info on seasonal foods.

Rebecca Rupp has a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry from George Washington University and now works as a professional writer. She is the author of some 200 articles for national magazines, on topics ranging from the natural history of squirrels to the archaeology of privies, and nearly 20 books for both children and adults. She blogs on food science and history for National Geographic.

The program, a Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau program, is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. Info: 802-362-2607.

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