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The Payson Public Library will host a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution — Key Ingredients: America by Food — from June 25 through Aug. 7, 2011. The library has also arranged a number of special programs to be held during the exhibit.

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Learn food’s story at the library

Food tells a story — several in fact. Where did the recipe for that dish originate? Where did the raw ingredients come from and how did they get here? Food’s story and the answers to those questions are found in the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Key Ingredients: America by Food. The Payson Public Library, in cooperation with the Arizona Humanities Council, will host the exhibit from June 25 through Aug. 7. Most of us eat day in and day out without giving a second thought to the wealth of history and culture that shapes our dining habits and taste preferences. Our recipes, menus, ceremonies, etiquette and even our fast food are directly affected by our country’s rich immigrant experience, the history and innovations of food preparation technology and the ever-changing availability of key ingredients.

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