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June 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Fabulous free food classes

File photo of an Amy Pennington class by John Lok/The Seattle Times

File photo of an Amy Pennington class by John Lok/The Seattle Times

Food-lovers can check out more than just cookbooks at the library this summer. Just about every week an interesting free food-related event jumps out at me from the King County Library System’s “Place at the Table” program. The series, subtitled “Inspiring Cooks. Nourishing Communities,” has ranged from “music inspired by Michael Pollan” to an exploration of “Dining at Downton Abbey,” from sessions on decorating cake pops to films about food justice.

The programs will continue throughout 2013 — and a system-wide food drive will be part of it. All library branches will have bins to collect non-perishable food to distribute to local food banks.

Here’s just a handful of the many interesting upcoming events. The full summer schedule is online here:

Paul Farley will lead several sessions on “Backyard Poultry.” The next one is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 30 at the Woodinville Library.

Amy Pennington will speak on “Building Your Urban Pantry/Canning 101″ at 7 p.m. July 2 at the Bellevue library.

“EcoConsumer” Tom Watson will speak on “Secrets of Urban Edibles Gardening” at 7 p.m. July 8 at the Woodmont library.

Mike Hausenfluck and other area brewers will teach a series of courses on the basics of home brewing (registration required.) The next one is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 13 at the White Center Library.

“Dr. Chocolate,” Kristy Leissle, will speak on “Chocolate from Tree to Bar” at 7 p.m. July 25 at the Bothell library (registration required.) Yes, there will be tastings too — good thing many libraries have softened the old “no food allowed” rules.

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