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Knead to Know


Nov 14 2019


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Knead to Know

Knead to Know: On Wellness and Baking Challah

A Conversation with Beth Ricanati and Kelly Alexander

Can the ritual of baking a loaf of bread every week make you saner and happier? Dr. Beth Ricanati, longtime internist and women’s health expert, thinks it can — and she has the science and the baking know-how to prove it. Join Dr. Ricanati, along with food writer and cultural anthropologist Kelly Alexander, for a discussion of cooking as an immersive, embodied form of care — for ourselves and for others — in precarious times.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.

Wellness and the Ritual of Baking Challah by Anna Gotskind, Duke Research Blog


Beth Ricanati

Beth Ricanati, MD's debut book, Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs, chronicles her journey of a thousand challahs and one woman’s quest for wellness and peace. This physician-mother has built her career around bringing wellness into women’s everyday lives, especially busy moms juggling life and children. She has practiced…...

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Kelly Alexander

Kelly Alexander is a writer and an anthropologist of food based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For many years, she was a senior editor at Saveur magazine, where she won a James Beard Journalism Award for her reporting. Prior to joining Saveur, Alexander worked as an editor at Food &…...

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