St. Petersburg, Fla.–Dr. Lois Ellen Frank, chef, author, culinary anthropologist, photographer, and professor, is an expert on Native American food traditions. Her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Book Award. The text, recipes, and striking photographs take readers on a cultural journey through food. Among the dishes profiled are lamb-stuffed chiles, fried squash blossoms, Zuni sunflower cakes, and prickly pear ice.
Dr. Frank has published more than 20 cookbooks and over 15 culinary posters. Her photographs, as well as her eloquent writing, have appeared in many other books and periodicals. She is a featured instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking and has her own catering company, Red Mesa Cuisine, in that city.
Part Kiowa, Dr. Frank holds her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Her recipes are inspired by indigenous American and Mexican traditions and she has traveled widely to research them and the cultures they represent. Both Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations and Taco Table are available in the Museum Store, and Dr. Frank will sign copies following her MFA presentations.
She has written: “Indigenous people of the Southwest are as diverse as the land they live on. Nevertheless, they share the belief that food is important beyond physical sustenance. The acts of hunting, growing, gathering, cooking, and eating take on a spiritual aspect akin to prayer. The relationship between the land and its people is sacred.”
Her two Museum programs follow:
Random Act of Culture, Thursday, 2.20.14, 6-8 p.m.–Native American Southwest Cuisine: Lecture, Cooking Demonstration, and Book-Signing, $20 MFA members, $35 non-members. Ticket includes lecture, two courses, and a souvenir recipe card of the dishes prepared. Please call 727.896.2667, ext. 210, or visit www.fine-arts.org to purchase tickets or for more details.
Make and Eat! Saturday, 2.22.14, 11 a.m.-noon–Dr. Frank will present a lively program for children on Native American cuisine of the southwest. Participants will prepare a healthy, delicious, child-friendly dish. This is an ideal opportunity for parents and children to share a morning together. Enjoy lunch in the MFA Café for an additional fee. $5 per person for ages five and older. MFA members free. Preregistration is required and space is limited. To register, please call 727.896.2667, ext. 210.
Dr. Frank’s presentations complement New Mexico and the Arts of Enchantment featuring the Raymond James Financial Collection, which continues through Saturday, May 11. New Mexico has inspired some of the most imaginative and diverse American art—and food—ever created. This fascinating exhibition, with nearly 100 works, ranges from pre-Hispanic pottery to vibrant twenty-first-century paintings and sculpture.
ALSO ON VIEW @THE MFA
Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, through Sunday, March 2
Collection Conversations: The Nude in Art
Aaron Siskind’s Harlem Document, opening Saturday, March 8
Art in Bloom, Saturday, March 8-Tuesday, March 11
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
The MFA at 255 Beach Drive N.E. has a world-class collection, with works by Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Morisot, Cézanne, Rodin, O’Keeffe, and many others. Also displayed are ancient Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian, and Native American art. The photography collection is one of the largest and finest in the Southeast. The galleries, The Junior League Great Hall, and the Marly Room in the original building have been recently renovated, completely transforming the experience of the art on view.
The Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is only “5 after 5” on Thursday. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students seven and older, including college students with current I.D. Children under seven and Museum members are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $12 per person and children $4 each with prior reservations. For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org.