Queens Public Library’s Queens Memory Project is launching the Queens Memory Cookbook, a new storytelling and archiving series with the Ridgewood (20-12 Madison Street) and St. Albans (191-05 Linden Boulevard) community libraries. We invite anyone who lives, cooks, visits, or dines in these neighborhoods to be part of this exciting project!
Participants can join programs in-person or virtually to contribute recipes, stories, photos, and recipe cards. Contributions will be included in new volumes of the Queens Memory Cookbook, which will be published, printed, and shared with participants later this year.
To participate, join us on Zoom for monthly sessions led by the Life Story Club, which creates virtual social clubs for adults to share stories and build community. Each month the group will gather and share recipes around the following themes:
- January: Community
- February: Celebrations and Festive Events
- March: Recreating Dishes from Memory
- April: Holidays and Traditions
- May: Childhood
- June: Family Legacies
The Ridgewood Library virtual series with Life Story Club will meet on the second Thursday of the month, starting on January 12. You may borrow a tablet from this library to join this virtual program.
The St. Albans Library virtual series with Life Story Club will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting on January 26.
Queens Memory will also offer monthly events in-person at Ridgewood and St. Albans community libraries to allow participants to record a story or get assistance scanning photos and recipe cards. Meral Agish, Queens Memory’s Community Coordinator, will be available in-person at:
- Ridgewood Library on Wednesday, January 25 from 12-2pm
- St. Albans Library on Monday, January 30 from 11am-1pm
The first volume of the Queens Memory Cookbook was published in Summer 2022 following a series of programs led by Queens Memory Project and Life Story Club with the support of QPL’s Older Adult Services Program. Participants shared inherited recipes, along with new dishes they have created and perfected on their own. The stories and dishes shared in the cookbook’s stories bring food traditions from China, Ukraine, Ghana, Sicily, Jamaica, and Germany, and across the northeast and midwest United States. You can request to borrow one of QPL’s print copies here or view the full digital cookbook here.
Queens Memory Cookbook with Life Story Club (Virtual)
Each month, we will explore a different way that our memories are simmered, baked, and pickled into our favorite foods. Meet your neighbors, learn more about the traditions and recipes important to them, and share stories of your own. At the end of our series, we will publish a community cookbook that will feature recipes, memories, and photos from across neighborhoods.
Thursday, January 12
recurs every second Thursday of the month until June 8
St. Albans & Addisleigh Park
Thursday, January 26
recurs every fourth Thursday of the month until June 22
Be a Part of the Queens Memory Cookbook (In-Person)
Come to the library to learn more about the Queens Memory Cookbook, a new book project featuring recipes, memories, and photos. Chat with the Queens Memory team to learn how to submit your recipes and stories. We invite everyone in the neighborhood who loves to cook, eat, or talk about food to join in! Register here.
Wednesdays, January 25, February 15
20-12 Madison Street
Monday, January 30, 11am
Tuesday, February 27, 11am
191-05 Linden Boulevard
Save the date for our first ever festival!
The Queens Memory Project and the Voelker Orth House Museum are partnering for a new festival dedicated to home cooking in Flushing, Queens. The inaugural event, Stories and Snacks: A Festival of Home Cooking History, will take place on Sunday, May 21, 1-4pm. Stay tuned to learn more about this immersive celebration of food and cultural memory in our richly diverse borough.