Black History Month at Malvern library wraps with Caribbean cooking, food talk

Library-goers in Scarborough got a taste of the Caribbean Saturday as Black History Month came to a close at the Malvern branch.

For the Love of Food featured a cooking demonstration on how to make Caribbean fried bakes by Colliniece King, owner of Jerk-A-Licious at the Malvern Town Centre. Liz E. Philbert, publisher of Healthy Knowledge Magazine, led the event and shared her insight as to why we should care about what we eat.

“We see food … we smell food, but then we don’t think about it when we intake the food,” Philbert said. “Where does it go from there?”

She listed specific foods and what they have to offer the human body. She also touched on which foods have the right vitamins in them.

“My job is to let someone look at a food and know why they are eating it,” Philbert said. “Food is the medicine.”

“I’m glad she talked about the importance of health, eggs, vegetables and fruits,” said Jenny Smith, 77. “I’m trying to improve my diet and that’s why I came.”

Healthy Knowledge Magazine, entering it’s fourth year of publication in May, deals mainly with ethnic health and health issues different communities are predisposed to, Philbert said.

A greater knowledge of genetics, geography and family history helps doctors better understand how people develop the health problems they do, she explained.

“It was educational,” said Suzette Richardson, 37. “I learned a lot of things I didn’t know and other people can learn from it too.

“I think it was awesome.”