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Cookbook Club: Enjoy Low Cholesterol Cooking!

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Join Westporter Karen Swanson, co-author of The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan to learn how to create heart-healthy meals even picky eaters will enjoy.

Karen started researching and writing about how to lower cholesterol naturally after her doctor recommended a statin medication in 2010. Believing (well, at that point, hoping) that despite her family history she could naturally lower cholesterol with lifestyle changes, Karen began to research and write about cholesterol. In both her new book and award-winning blog, GoLowCholesterol.com, Karen explains cholesterol issues in plain terms and shares tips for lowering cholesterol through what she calls a “lo-co” food and exercise lifestyle.

With near-daily exercise (walking counts!) and a heart-healthy approach to food, Karen has been able to stave off statin medication. She explains how in The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan, which includes recipes by cardiac dietitian Jennifer Koslo.

Note: This talk was re-scheduled from June 7.

Location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport

Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

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About the Author: In 2010, Karen Swanson was stunned by her doctor’s recommendation that she consider statin medication due to a sudden spike in her cholesterol levels. Believing (well, at that point, hoping) that despite her family history she could naturally lower cholesterol with lifestyle changes, Karen began to research and write about cholesterol.

She has since authored articles for Healthline and as a Category Expert for Answers.com. Her award-winning blog, GoLowCholesterol.com explores cholesterol issues in plain terms and shares tips for lowering cholesterol through what she calls a “lo-co” food and exercise lifestyle. An avid home cook, Karen is always on the hunt for low-fat, easy, delicious recipes.

As for her own lo-co experience, Karen has successfully staved off statin medication with near-daily exercise, learning to love (okay, tolerate) a daily fiber supplement, replacing half-and-half with soy creamer, mostly ditching red meat, and relinquishing her beloved Phish Food ice-cream. But she will never give up wine and chocolate—in moderation, of course.

Westport internist, Dr. Jill Denowitz says: "For anyone who wants to take control of their cholesterol levels, I highly recommend The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan. It explains cholesterol and heart disease in accurate, easy-to-understand terms. Although much is determined by genetic factors, a cholesterol-lowering diet can definitely play a role, and the dietary guidelines in this book are in line with advice I give patients every day.”―Jill Denowitz MD, Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

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RE-SCHEDULED TO JUNE 14: Cookbook Club: Enjoy Low Cholesterol Cooking!

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Join Westporter Karen Swanson, author of The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan to learn how tocreate heart-healthy meals even picky eaters will enjoy.

Karen started researching and writing about how to lower cholesterol naturally after her doctor recommended a statin medication in 2010. Believing (well, at that point, hoping) that despite her family history she could naturally lower cholesterol with lifestyle changes, Karen began to research and write about cholesterol. In both her new book and award-winning blog, GoLowCholesterol.com, Karen explains cholesterol issues in plain terms and shares tips for lowering cholesterol through what she calls a “lo-co” food and exercise lifestyle.

With near-daily exercise (walking counts!) and a heart-healthy approach to food, Karen has been able to stave off statin medication. She explains how in The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan, which includes recipes by cardiac dietitian Jennifer Koslo.
 

Note location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport

Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

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About the Author: In 2010, Karen Swanson was stunned by her doctor’s recommendation that she consider statin medication due to a sudden spike in her cholesterol levels. Believing (well, at that point, hoping) that despite her family history she could naturally lower cholesterol with lifestyle changes, Karen began to research and write about cholesterol.

She has since authored articles for Healthline and as a Category Expert for Answers.com. Her award-winning blog, GoLowCholesterol.com explores cholesterol issues in plain terms and shares tips for lowering cholesterol through what she calls a “lo-co” food and exercise lifestyle. An avid home cook, Karen is always on the hunt for low-fat, easy, delicious recipes.

As for her own lo-co experience, Karen has successfully staved off statin medication with near-daily exercise, learning to love (okay, tolerate) a daily fiber supplement, replacing half-and-half with soy creamer, mostly ditching red meat, and relinquishing her beloved Phish Food ice-cream. But she will never give up wine and chocolate—in moderation, of course.

Westport internist, Dr. Jill Denowitz says: "For anyone who wants to take control of their cholesterol levels, I highly recommend The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan. It explains cholesterol and heart disease in accurate, easy-to-understand terms. Although much is determined by genetic factors, a cholesterol-lowering diet can definitely play a role, and the dietary guidelines in this book are in line with advice I give patients every day.”―Jill Denowitz MD, Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

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Cookbook Club: Eating Healthy and Fun!

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Join NYC-based gluten-free chef and author Phoebe Lapine for an evening of seasonal super foods that taste as good as they are good for you. Phoebe will demonstrate recipes from her bestselling debut memoir, The Wellness Project, which chronicles her journey with autoimmune disease and how she finally found the middle ground between health and hedonism by making one lifestyle change, one month at a time. She will share how adopting an anti-inflammatory diet drastically improved her health, actionable steps for incorporating new ingredients into your daily life, and techniques for making the most out of fermented foods that promote good gut health

Note location and partner: Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport

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Phoebe Lapine is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, wellness expert, culinary instructor and Hashimoto's advocate. On her award-winning blog, Feed Me Phoebe, she shares recipes for healthy comfort food and insights about balanced lifestyle choices beyond what’s on your plate.
Phoebe is a frequent contributor to Food and Wine, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Health, and Mind Body Green. Her healthy recipes and writing have been featured in a number of national publications including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Shape, SELF, Women's Health, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, and O! Magazine, and she is a regular host of cooking shows and wellness programming for Healthination and AOL.
 

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If you love food and exploring the world by eating, join others who do too. This month, Yamini Lal (aka Fairfield County Foodie) will share her love for regional Indian cuisine. Bring your appetite to learn and get ready to discuss cooking! She will showcase her recent adventures in the Rajasthan region "A place where the spices match the hot temperatures, the colors are vibrant, the clothing spectacular."—Fairfield County Foodie blog post, 1/17/18.

Note location: Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport

Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

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A die-hard foodie and an Indian by origin, Yamini Lal loves world cuisine, bold flavors, cooking at home... and traveling just to have food experiences. She is excited to see food and fusion of cuisines as the center of conversations, experiences and innovations all over the world. 

Her blog’s mission is to celebrate great food, chefs and restaurants in Fairfield county CT and beyond. “There are too many people posting negative comments and reviews on the internet. My goal is to find delicious bites and exciting dining adventures to share with my readers, so they too can have that experience and that thrill,” said Lal.

Yamini has received high accolades for her blog since she launched it in July 2011. Serendipity magazine named her a Best Local Blogger (Fairfield and Westchester counties) in Dec 2013. WAG magazine has written feature articles on her in their July 2016 & July 2017 food issues. The Sunday Hour and Fairfield Living Magazine have printed her top picks to eat in 2014. Yamini actively contributes to CTbites.comand has written food articles for iLoveFC.comas their food and wine expert in 2013.

Yamini’s all-time, top 5 favorite dishes are mutton biryani (Indian), pho (Vietnamese), a hearty bowl of ramen (Japanese), paella (Spanish) and any assortment of meats and lentils on Injera bread (Ethiopian).

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NYT Bestselling Author Jane Green on Her Cookbook, Good Taste

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Meet novelist Jane Green as she shares her passion for all things food and entertaining and her cookbook, Good Taste. In the midst of her successful career which includes 17 New York Times bestsellers and more than 10 million copies of her books in print, she trained as a chef at the International Culinary Center. The desire for more technical training grew out of a lifetime of experience creating recipes, cooking for family and friends, and entertaining at home. Home and family are at the heart of every beloved Jane Green novel—whether set in a ramshackle cottage, a chic city apartment, a weathered beach bungalow, or a stately manor. And they also take center stage in Good Taste. Light refreshments; register online. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Author photo credit Tom McGovern

For Green, meals are a celebration, opportunities to spend time with the special people in her life and to nourish them—body and soul. In Good Taste, she shares tips on entertaining, ideas for making any gathering a cozy and classy affair, and some of her favorite dishes—from starters like Sweet Corn and Chili Soup to one-pot mains like Slow-Braised Onion Chicken to desserts like Warm Chocolate and Banana Cake and Jane’s Chess Tart.

Jane Green is the author of eighteen novels, of which seventeen are New York Times Bestsellers, including her latest, Falling. Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J  and Tempting Fate.

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POSTPONED: NYT Bestselling Author Jane Green on Her Cookbook, Good Taste

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Event postponed to Thursday, February 23 at 7 pm due to the snowy weather forecast for February 9.

Meet novelist Jane Green as she shares her passion for all things food and entertaining and her cookbook, Good Taste. In the midst of her successful career which includes 17 New York Times bestsellers and more than 10 million copies of her books in print, she trained as a chef at the International Culinary Center. The desire for more technical training grew out of a lifetime of experience creating recipes, cooking for family and friends, and entertaining at home. Home and family are at the heart of every beloved Jane Green novel—whether set in a ramshackle cottage, a chic city apartment, a weathered beach bungalow, or a stately manor. And they also take center stage in Good Taste. Light refreshments; register online. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Author photo credit Tom McGovern

For Green, meals are a celebration, opportunities to spend time with the special people in her life and to nourish them—body and soul. In Good Taste, she shares tips on entertaining, ideas for making any gathering a cozy and classy affair, and some of her favorite dishes—from starters like Sweet Corn and Chili Soup to one-pot mains like Slow-Braised Onion Chicken to desserts like Warm Chocolate and Banana Cake and Jane’s Chess Tart.

Jane Green is the author of eighteen novels, of which seventeen are New York Times Bestsellers, including her latest, Falling. Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J  and Tempting Fate.

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Author Alex Prud'homme on His New Book, The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act

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Author Alex Prud’homme discusses The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act, his sequel to My Life in France, which was co-authored with his great aunt Julia Child and was the 2014 WestportREADS book. Prud'homme recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, finding herself America’s first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

Alex Prud’homme is Julia Child's great-nephew and the coauthor of her autobiography, My Life in France, which was adapted into the movie Julie & Julia. He is also the author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century, Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know, and The Cell Game, and he is the coauthor (with Michael Cherkasky) of Forewarned: Why the Government Is Failing to Protect Us--and What We Must Do to Protect Ourselves. Prud'homme's journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time and People.

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Author & Award-Winning Food Blogger Elissa Altman

December 3, 2015
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Elissa Altman spoke about her book, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, which grew out of her blog of the same name on December 3, 2015.

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Local Author & Award-Winning Food Blogger Elissa Altman

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poor man's feastElissa Altman speaks about her book, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, which grew out of her blog of the same name, winner of the 2012 James Beard ElissaAltmanAuthPhoto CR Susan TurnerAward for Individual Food Blog. Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and a food-fanatical father, Elissa learned early on that fancy is always best. After a childhood spent dining at fine establishments, from Le Pavillon to La Grenouille, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical. Then, Elissa met and fell in love with Susan—a frugal, small-town Connecticut Yankee with a devotion to simple living—and it changed her relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever. A food and cookbook editor as well as writer, her work has appeared in Saveur and the New York Times, on Gilt Taste and the Huffington Post, and has twice been selected for inclusion in Best Food Writing.

Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, this is one of the finest food memoirs of recent years."— New York Times review

Author photo credit: Susan Turner
 

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From Farm to Table: Authors Highlight the Benefits of Supporting Local Farmers

July 9, 2015
Analiese Paik, Christy Colasurdo

Christy Colasurdo and Analiese Paik launched The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, a celebration of the relationship between food and farms in Connecticut on July 9, 2015.

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