The Omaha Public Library’s culinary assortment presents clients nuggets of Omaha Dine’s historical past

The culinary ephemera collection also includes menu cards from United Airlines chefs from Omaha when the food on board bordered on gourmet, Mather said.

All of this contributes to her dream of creating a culinary support group for Omaha modeled on the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization that, according to its website, “documents, studies and celebrates the various food cultures of the changing American South.” It is based in Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi.

Mather attended the group’s virtual conference this year.

“It was so beautiful and amazing. It was focused on the future of the South with video vignettes, ”she said. “This is what I want to do here.”

After organizing the Omaha conference for 10 years and delving into the library’s culinary collection, Mather admits she’s somewhat obsessed.

She plans to only read books with some culinary connection in 2021, be it fiction, children’s books, cookbooks, biographies, or whatever.

“There are so many great things out there,” she said.

And while Read It and Eat is ready, she promises that there will be many more culinary events in the library in the future, even though she still has no idea what they are. However, the library is adding a Food Stories playlist to their YouTube channel.

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