This talk series explores the ways that plants and people interact through the lens of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Biocultural Collection. The objects in this collection, which range from simple carved wooden spoons to complex herbal compounds, are tangible evidence of the ways that plants and people interact. They are a valuable resource for understanding humanity’s biocultural heritage, and for the conservation of nature itself. They are also a means of preserving traditional knowledge, documenting livelihoods, and showing the lasting influence of ethnobotany on the diversity of human cultures.
"Shaping utensils to shape your cuisine: the oklagija in Bosnian traditional cooking" with Ashley Glenn
Cuisines and their dishes are shaped by location, ingredients, and cultural norms and tastes. Dishes are also quite literally shaped by the cook’s tools and utensils. In this lecture we will look at the oklagija, an elongated rolling pin used by Bosnian cooks to manipulate dough. By exploring the history of the oklagija and the foods it makes possible we can appreciate the innovative methods of traditional cooks and the practical knowledge of the physics of dough that makes the food we love.
ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided, and this presentation will be recorded for later viewing on the Missouri Botanical Garden YouTube channel.