The New Mexico State University Library will host an event called “The Stories Cookbooks Tell” on Thursday, September 24. The panel discussion will dive into an exploration of the stories that cookbooks tell, beyond the tastes they bring to the table. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus.
The panel discussion will cover the changing nature of cookbooks, the research needed for culinary writing and the unique cookbook collection housed at the NMSU Library. Panelists for the program are:
- Dr. Elizabeth Titus, NMSU Library Dean
- Elizabeth Titus has been Dean of the Library at NMSU since 2000. She has extensive experience in academic research library administration in New Mexico, Illinois, and Michigan. Dr. Titus has a Ph.D. in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, and a Master’s Degree in Library Science, and a B.A. in Political Science.
- Dave DeWitt, author, food historian, and library donor
- Dave DeWitt is a food historian and one of the foremost authorities in the world on chile peppers, spices, and spicy foods. He has more than forty-five published books to his credit. Dave is also the producer of the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, the trade/consumer show for the multi-billion dollar Fiery Foods and Barbecue industries, now in its twenty-fifth year. He is a founding member of the The Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University.
- Kelly Urig, filmmaker and author
- Kelly Urig is a lifelong chile fan having grown up in Santa Fe with an extended family that farms chile in Hatch. After completing her undergraduate degrees at the University of Denver and a master’s degree from San Diego State University, she focused on telling the story of the chile pepper and its unique place in the hearts of New Mexicans. In 2013, her documentary film, “The Chile Film,” won a regional Emmy award amongst several other honors. Her most newly released book is “New Mexico Chiles; History, Legend and Lore.”
- Kelley Coffeen, cookbook author and Assistant Dean for Advancement at the NMSU College of Education
- Kelley Coffeen is a local cookbook author and Assistant Dean for Advancement at the NMSU College of Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration, Latino Studies, from NMSU in 2014. Currently, Coffeen is a food consultant for area restaurants, caterers, and community events in Las Cruces, New Mexico. From 1995-2005, Coffeen hosted “Kelley’s Kitchen”, a weekly cooking show on KTSM/NBC broadcasting out of El Paso, Texas. Her latest book was “200 Easy Mexican Recipes” (2013).
The event will also mark the unveiling of the brand-new 2016 NMSU Library calendar “Chiles: Red or Green?” Free parking will be available on the NMSU campus after 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact April Anaya at (575) 646-1508.