From early British and French traders and on through waves of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and Poland, our foods are traced through our heritage. Dr. Nathan C. Crook researches culinary history and traditions in the Midwest and Ohio, focusing on local and regional foods, food traditions, practices, and patterns of behavior. Dr. Crook discussed the cultural significance of regional and local foods and his research into the myriad uses of food as community and communication. Dr. Crook is a cultural anthropologist and instructor at Ohio State.

The presentation was held at the Franciscan Center.