Seniors’ book celebrates food heritage

Reminiscences, Recipes and Remedies will be officially launched on Saturday on Fort Langley.

Reminiscences, Recipes and Remedies is a compilation of 39 local authors who dish out words about food heritage.

It’s fitting, then, that the book will be officially launched during Langley Centennial Museum’s Food For Health exhibition, which runs until March 18.

The book will be launched at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the museum in Fort Langley.

“It’s a really good fit because of the context of our book,” said Cheryl Wheaton, executive director of Langley Meals on Wheels which sponsored the book.

The event includes a ceremony at 2 p.m., and a heritage tea.

Many of the contributing authors will be at the museum, signing books and reading short passages from their chapters.

Warren Sommer, who wrote the foreword for Reminiscences, Recipes and Remedies, will be invited, and among the authors expected to attend is Bill Kent. At 105, he is the oldest of the contributors.

The book was published thanks to funding from the Langley Literary Network and the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Initiative.

The Lee family, owners of several IGA stores, are the sponsors of the heritage tea, allowing the public free admission to the event.

Visitors can also view the Food for Health exhibit, which addresses, from a consumer’s point of view, concerns and questions that many Canadians have about the safety of their food supply, and the role food plays in ensuring good health.

By combining hands-on interactive components, multimedia technology, historical artifacts and graphics, the exhibition showcases Canadian initiatives designed to ensure that our food is as safe as possible.

Food for Health demonstrates how Canadians can protect themselves against food-borne illnesses through safe food-handling practices. The show also investigates evidence of the links between diet, physical activity and obesity, and illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.