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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.

Author photo credit Elena Seibert.

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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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Cookbook Author Rinku Bhattacharya

June 25, 2015
Spices & Seasons

Cookbook author and blogger Rinku Bhattacharya discussed her book Spices & Seasons: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors, as well as cooking techniques and philosophy, which marries the spices of India with the four seasons of an American backyard garden on June 25, 2015.

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

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farm tableAuthors Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo will kick off the launch of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, a celebration of the relationship between food and farms in Connecticut, in a two-part program 

10:00-10:45 in the McManus Room:
Christy Colasurdo, co-author of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, and Analiese Paik, founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide, talk about the rewards of local sourcing.Organic locally roasted coffee provided by The Buzz Truck.

westport farmer's market10:45-11:45: Walk through the
Westport Farmers' Market:
Market Director Lori Cochran introduces Westport's all-organic, non-GMO Farmers' Market, including local farmers and vendors who are featured in the book. A book signing will be held until 2 pm.

Community partner: Westport Farmers' Market

Christy Colasurdo is the former Special Sections Editor at New York Magazine, an award-winning writer and co-founder of a company delivering foods from small Vermont farms to customers’ front doors. Colasurdo writes regular features for regional magazines, and is a contributor to CTbites.com. She is also the author of Restaurant 2000 and Bar Excellence (Rizzoli). She serves on the Board at Wakeman Town Farm & Sustainability Center.

Tracey Medeiros is a food writer, food stylist and recipe developer and tester. She writes, "The Farmhouse Kitchen: A Guide To Eating Local" column for Edible Green Mountains Magazine. Medeiros is also the author of The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook and Dishing Up Vermont honored as 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist and 2009 Best Books Award Finalist (USA Book News). She travels regionally as a guest cooking instructor, sharing her commitment to the sustainable food movement.

Analiese Paik is a local, sustainable food advocate and the founder and editor of the Fairfield Green Food Guide, an award-winning digital publication that promotes and supports eating locally and sustainably grown food, timely insider guides to buying year-round from area farms, farm stands, farmers’ markets, CSAs (farm shares), farm-to-door services, organic and farm-to-table restaurants and specialty retailers to empower consumers to make more responsible food choices.
 

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Indian Cookbook Author Rinku Bhattacharya

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spices & seasonsCookbook author and blogger Rinku Bhattacharya discusses her book Spices & Seasons: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors, as well as cooking techniques and philosophy, which marries the spices of India with the four seasons of an American backyard garden. Wear comfortable shoes, as a walk to the Westport Farmers Market to view seasonal ingredients to illustrate some of the concepts of the book will be included!

Rinku Bhattacharya Rinku Bhattacharya is a cooking teacher and the author of the blog, Spice Chronicles (www.spicechronicles.com). Her expertise and passion rests in meshing the rich, healthy and vibrant flavors of her Indian childhood with the local bounty of Hudson Valley. She contributes to several local newspapers and is the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles, winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine.

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Food Critic Mimi Sheraton in Conversation with Chef Matt Storch

February 28, 2015
Mimi Sheraton & Matt Storch

Mimi Sheraton, former restaurant critic for The New York Times, discusses 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List in a conversation with Matt Storch, chef of Match Restaurant on February 28, 2015.

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