Penn Cooks

Penn Cooks LogoIn recognition of the diverse student population we have on campus, Dining wanted to provide opportunities to feature Cuisines and Chefs from a variety of locations, backgrounds, and cultures. Working with the Chaplain’s office and VPUL, Penn Dining is launching a new program this year called Penn Cooks – Culture, Community, and Cuisine.

Our chefs will work with recipes chosen from iconic cookbooks, suggested by local or Penn-affiliated chefs or submitted by students to develop special menu items which will be featured throughout our cafes. During the Academic Year, each of our residential dining locations will feature a dish or dishes by including them as special menu options, at made-to-order expo stations, as part of Quaker Kitchen chef demos or in other innovative incorporations.



Celebrate Penn's Annual Harvest Dinner with Recipes from Carrie Havranek

Penn Cooks celebrates our Annual Harvest Dinner with Recipes from Carrie Havranek's cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania.

Join the Penn Dining team for our annual Harvest Dinner featuring recipes from Carrie Havranek's cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania: Favorite Recipes from the Keystone State. On Thursday, November 21 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at 1920 Commons, Hill House, English House, Lauder College House, and Falk Kosher Dining.

Don't forget to enter to win a copy of the cookbook!  Displays will be available at all residential dining cafes.

As a child and young adult, Carrie Havranek spent time in Lancaster County, Philadelphia, and up and down the river towns along the Delaware River, so it was no surprise when her journalism career started with an internship at Rodale, in Emmaus. She will go out of her way for fresh, local food. Her writing has appeared in Edible Philly, the Kitchn, and Lucky Peach among other places. She works as an associate editor at Simply Recipes, where she develops, edits, and writes recipes. Carrie lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with her twin boys and two cats.


Celebrate Diwali with
Recipes from Madhur Jaffrey and Priya Krishna

Penn Dining celebrates Diwali with recipes from Madhur Jaffrey and Priya Krishna

Penn Dining celebrates Diwali in partnership with the Penn Hindu & Jain Association at Hill House on Monday, October 28 from 5pm-9pm.

Celebrate with us and join us in enjoying dishes from Madhur Jaffrey's cookbook Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking and Priya Krishna's cookbook Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family.

Madhur Jaffrey is an Indian-born actress, food and travel writer, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing Indian cuisine to the western hemisphere with her debut cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking (1973), which was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2006. She has written over a dozen cookbooks and appeared on several related television programmes, the most notable of which was Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery, which premiered in the UK in 1982. She is the food consultant at Dawat, considered by many food critics to be among the best Indian restaurants in New York City.

Priya Krishna is a food writer who contributes to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bon Appétit, and more. She lives in New York City; her mom, Ritu, lives in Dallas.  Indian-ish is food writer Priya Krishna’s loving tribute to her mom’s “Indian-ish” cooking—a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavor. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and and Malaysian Ramen.

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