Indie bookstores...we love 'em! Why? Because they put together awesome, awesome events. Greenlight Books in Fort Green has some awesome food-related book programming put together for the next few weeks starting TONIGHT with Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito present Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients with treats and goodies from Baked! We LOVE Baked (those pretty pumpkin cinnamon rolls were made by Blondie from a recipe in their new book) and if I weren't stuck on dreaded CSA vegetable pick up duty, I would be all over this event. For those that can go here are the details for their upcoming foodie book events...
Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 PM
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito present Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients
With treats and goodies from Baked!
The Baked boys are back! In their third cookbook, acclaimed authors (and founders of the beloved Red Hook bakery) Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito present 75 inventive new recipes revolving solely around their ten most-loved ingredients — from peanut butter and caramel to malt and booze. Complete with the signature stories and commentary that fans adore, chapters also include ingredient infographics with quirky facts and charts, as well as helpful Baked notes that make creating these desserts as easy as pie. Matt and Renato will be offering delicious nibbles from Baked to complement their presentation!
(Baked treats plus book?! Yes, please!--Brownie)
Saturday, October 6, 11:00 AM
Story Time: Author & Illustrator Peter Brown presents Creepy Carrots
Greenlight is delighted to welcome children’s book superstar Peter Brown (Children Make Terrible Pets, You Will Be My Friend) back to the bookstore for a spooky, goofy Halloween story time! In Creepy Carrots, Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots. He eats them on the way to school, he eats them going to Little League, he even eats them walking home. Jasper can’t resist a crunchy bite…until the day the carrots start to follow him! Peter will read from the new book and draw on our big easel – kids may learn how to draw their own creepy carrots too! http://www.peterbrownstudio.com/
(Ok, it doesn't look like there's any eating involved here, but drawing carrots is fun, too!--Brownie)
Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 PM
Adam Roberts presents Secrets of the Best Chefs: Recipes, Techniques, and Tricks from America’s Greatest Cooks
With Amanda Hesser and Chef Jonathan Waxman
Every great chef has secrets. From how to cook vegetables like Alice Waters to making the perfect pasta like Lidia Bastianich, from searing meat like José Andrés to seasoning ragù like Michael White, the masters possess tricks that have raised their craft to celebrated levels. Adam Roberts, creator of the popular blog The Amateur Gourmet, devoted a year of his life to learning what separates the experts from the rest of us and how to make restaurant-worthy meals at home. Now Adam brings together several of his favorite great local chefs for a star-studded discussion of their own secrets and those they’ve learned from others! Adam will be joined by Amanda Hesser, former food editor of The New York Times Magazine and cofounder of Food52 as well as a cookbook author, and Jonathan Waxman, chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan's West Village
(We met Adam at an event years ago and he's just as charming and personable as he seems on the blog. This book already got a STARRED review from Library Journal.--Brownie)
Thursday, October 11, 7:30 PM
Yvette Van Boven presents Home Made Winter Cooking demonstrations and treats
Greenlight customers and Americans nationwide came to know and love Dutch chef Yvette van Boven when her first book, Home Made, was finally released in English last fall and she gave a delicious cooking demo at Greenlight. Now, in the follow-up Home Made Winter, van Boven shares her hand-drawn artwork, photographs, and recipes for winter. Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and frequent sojourns in France, she has created a collection of recipes that will warm your heart. Yvette focuses on simple recipes for classic dishes, and recipes for holidays ranging from Halloween to Driekoningen (the Dutch word for the Epiphany/Three Kings Day) to St. Patrick’s Day are included. This evening, Yvette offers samples and cooking demos of delicious wintry treats like mulled wine, Brousse cheese,homemade sodabread, and Irish cream liqueur!
(Mulled wine, Brousse cheese, homemade sodabread, and Irish cream liqueur? Count me in!--Brownie)
Saturday, October 13, 11:00 AM
Matt Luckhurst presents Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox: The Great Pancake Adventure
Brooklyn author Matt Luckhurst, a descendent of Canadian loggers, brings to life the biggest logger of all in this humorous tale – and shows the importance of eating your veggies! In this humorous twist on a classic tale, Paul Bunyan and his best friend, Babe the Blue Ox, leave life on the farm to work for a logger who pays them with their favorite thing: pancakes! Paul and Babe tromp across the country with the logger, filling valleys with pancake batter (forming the Rocky Mountains) and chasing down pancakes blown away by the wind (creating the Grand Canyon). But when Babe starts to feel sick from eating too many pancakes, the two realize that maybe the farm, with its variety of foods, is really the best place for them after all.
(Again, it doesn't look like there's any eating involved here, but you could always take the kids to this signing then a pancake brunch. Hmmm...that might be a good plan for Little B.--Brownie)
Monday, October 15, 7:30 PM
Greenlight and The Greene Grape present:
Coffee & Chocolate! With Liz Gutman and Jen King of Liddabit Sweets, authors of The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook: How to Make Truly Scrumptious Candy in Your Own Kitchen!
And James and Caitlin Freeman of Blue Bottle Coffee, authors of The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes
Discussion moderated by Greene Grape owner Amy Bennett
Greenlight is delighted to partner with the Greene Grape on a delicious evening with books authored by two of Greene Grape’s best food creators! Blue Bottle can be called the nation’s leading artisanal roaster, and their coffee is served at the Greene Grape Annex, as well as in fine restaurants on both coasts. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee includes founder James Freeman’s guide to roasting, brewing, and making espresso-based drinks like a pro, plus Blue Bottle pastry chef Caitlin Freeman's recipes for coffee-inspired treats! The authors of The Liddabit Sweets Candy Bookbook, Liz Gutman and Jen King, are classically trained pastry chefs who traded in their toques to make candy and now lead the candy-craft movement as proprietors of Brooklyn confectionery Liddabit Sweets, which also sells their wares through Greene Grape Provisions. The book is the perfect marriage of sugar and spice, with approachable recipes, offbeat humor, and step-by-step photographs to remind us that home candymaking is meant to be fun. Liz, Jen, James and Caitlin will talk with Greene Grape founder and owner Amy Bennett about the delights of artisanal food making, and a coffee and chocolate tasting will be included!
(Yes! Yes! Yes! So excited about both of these books!--Brownie)
Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 PM
Lowell Hawthorne discusses The Baker's Son: My Life in Business with Jessica Moore of MoCADA
With treats from Golden Krust
The Baker's Son, published by local independent press Akashic Books,is a memoir by Lowell Hawthorne, cofounder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the hugely successful Jamaican-owned and -run enterprise that reaches from Massachusetts to Florida. The Hawthornes, an immigrant family from rural Jamaica that relocated to the Bronx in the 1980s, created the most lucrative Caribbean business ever established in America, and also established an innovative philanthropic foundation to give back to the community. Lowell Hawthorne, the award-winning president and CEO of Golden Krust, talks about his story and the Caribbean-American experience with Jessica Moore, curatorial fellow at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA). The discussion will be followed by a reception featuring Golden Krust patties and other treats.
(I've been reading about this book and it sounds like a really inspiring story.--Brownie)
686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland)
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