Culinary Expeditions Offers International Journey Via Culture and Cuisine

New Book Benefits the Penn Museum

"The mere smell of cooking can evoke a whole civilization."
Fernand Braudel, French Historian

Culinary Expeditions FrontCover Nov20Culinary Expeditions: A Celebration of Food and Culture Inspired by Penn Museum Treasures, a new book available beginning May 5, 2014, provides readers with fresh ingredients to explore world cultures and culinary traditions. The 133-page, full-color, hardcover book features cultural and culinary stories, 80 tested recipes, and glorious photography of food-related artifacts from the international collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

With Culinary Expeditions, readers are invited to explore the world of food through eight great cultural regions, all well represented in the Penn Museum collections: Africa, Asia, Egypt, Greece and Rome, Mesoamerica, the Middle East, and Native America. Short essays follow the evolution of food in each region, emphasizing local ingredients, culinary traditions, and cooking techniques.

More than 80 carefully vetted recipes extend the journey: appetizers, breads, soups, salads, main courses, vegetables and side dishes, sauces and relishes are all represented in indigenous recipes from regions around the world.

Book Editor Jane Hickman, Ph.D., Penn Museum's Expedition magazine editor, worked with Creative Director Suzanne McDevitt to develop the concept, and Penn Museum collections staff and Women's Committee volunteers to gather the information, images, and recipes for the book.

All proceeds from the sale of Culinary Expeditions, published by the Museum's all-volunteer Women's Committee, benefit the Penn Museum. Books can be ordered through the Women's Committee Office ($25 plus shipping and handling): Ardeth Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 215.898.9202.

Launch Party May 5

Food and culture lovers can sample recipes at the luncheon, enjoy special shopping, and meet Book Editor Jane Hickman and Penn Museum Director Julian Siggers at a festive book launch luncheon celebration and benefit. Details here.

About the Penn Museum

Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), 3260 South Street in Philadelphia, is one of the world's great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With nearly one million objects in the collection, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. A dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is an engaging place of discovery. The Museum's mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement are the four "pillars" of the Museum's expansive mission: to transform understanding of the human experience. Information:, or 215.898.4000.


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