Food for Thought offers a weekend featuring celebrity chefs and authors, delicious food demonstrations, recipes and cooking tips.
Food For Thought Stage
The Baltimore Book Festival features Food Network stars, The Fabulous Beekman Boys with their cook book, 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook; Jillian Lagasse, The Gluten-Free Table; Wildly popular blogger-turned-cookbook author Jessica Merchant with her first hardcover, Seriously Delish; Meat mastermind Pat Lafrieda with his book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know; Food Network Star, Chloe Coscarelli, Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen; and Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Kathy Wakile, with her book, Indulge.
Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Kauffman Pavilion
Friday, September 26
Leah Eskin, Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum
Bad Haircut Kale Chips. Post-ER Roast Chicken. New Baby Risotto. Frantic Dinner-Party Calming Soup. These are some of the dishes that food writer Leah Eskin has turned out during her years of raising two children, enduring one dog, and tending her marriage. She's also nurtured her ten-year-old food column, "Home on the Range," providing a recipe and accompanying vignette in the Chicago Tribune every week. Slices of Life transforms those columns into a memoir that readers can savor in small or large bites.
Charles Mattocks, The Budget Friendly Fresh & Local Diabetes Cookbook
Local food traditions can blossom into regional cuisines and offer tastes and memories that last a lifetime. Chef Charles Mattocks combines his flair for using fresh, locally grown foods with his engaging presentation to offer a budget-friendly taste of what your local farmer's market can bring to your table. Diagnosed recently with type 2 diabetes, Chef Mattocks offers tips on creating and maintaining the perfect pantry, finding fresh foods, and, most important of all, preparing and serving meals that won't break the bank.
Jessica Merchant, Seriously Delish
Pull up a chair and grab a Strawberry Soda Float! Welcome to Jessica Merchant’s kitchen. The creator of the popular food blog How Sweet It Is, Jessica Merchant loves food –ALL food. In Seriously Delish, this passion for delectable and easy-to-make food spills off the page.
Saturday, September 27
Sam Fromatz, In Search of The Perfect Loaf
Sam Fromartz never set out to be a baker. All he wanted was good bread to eat at home. Unable to buy a well- made loaf locally, he began baking his family’s daily bread. When the 2009 recession hit, it burned a big hole in his freelance writing budget, but it gave him an opportunity to turn his passion for baking into a great story.
Rob Kasper & Boog Powell, Baltimore Baseball and Barbeque with Boog: Stories from the Orioles’ Smokey Slugger
Since he started smacking long balls for the Baltimore Orioles, John “Boog” Powell has enjoyed the gustatory delights of his adopted hometown. After hanging up his spikes, the former MVP set up his now iconic barbecue operation at Camden Yards. Baltimore author Rob Kasper takes a behind- the-scenes look at the life of this smokey slugger from his Florida boyhood through his rise to major-league glory and beyond. Told in Boog’s colorful style, this rollicking journey is spiced with recipes and topped off with interviews from former teammates like Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer.
The Fabulous Beekman Boys, 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook
When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge abandoned the big city for a goat farm, what started as a personal inquiry into natural living and reconnecting with the earth exploded into a wildly successful enterprise, Beekman 1802, named after their historic home. World-renowned for its handcrafted goat’s milk soaps and artisanal Blaak cheese, the organic lifestyle brand now has taken over the Beekman gardens as well. The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook is a delectable yearlong trip through the Beekman vegetable bounty and is packed with simple, delicious, and seasonal vegetable-forward recipes that will have readers counting down the months to green shoots every year.
Sunday, September 28
Kathy Wakile, “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts that Keep Life Sweet
Kathy Wakile is a wife, mother, sister and great friend as well as an Honorary Ambassador Chef at the L'Ecole Culinaire, an ACCSC-accredited culinary school. She is now a #1 best seller author on Amazon with her new dessert cook book Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts that Keep Life Sweet, which presents over 75 recipes illuminated by 35 full-color photographs, all broken down by season, where she shares family stories and memories all wrapped up in her sweet treat recipes.
Pat LaFrieda, MEAT: Everything You Need to Know
Pat LaFrieda has been hailed the “King of Meat,” and chefs know him as the go-to butcher with the creativity and finesse to invent the signature chops and unique hamburger blends that put their restaurants on the map. LaFrieda’s retail customers want to know his secrets of meat selection, expert butchering techniques, and great recipes that honor the best beef, pork, lamb, veal, or poultry.
Chloe Coscarelli, Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics
In Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen, popular vegan chef and winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Chloe Coscarelli proves that you don’t have to give up pastas in creamy sauces, cheesy-style pizzas, or luscious tiramisu to eat vegan. Coscarelli traveled to her family’s homeland and dug into her roots to veganize Italian favorites that have always relied on butter, cream, meat, and eggs—until now.
David Sax, The Tastemakers
In this eye-opening, witty work of reportage, David Sax uncovers the world of food trends: Where they come from, how they grow, and where they end up. Traveling from the South Carolina rice plot of America’s premier grain guru to Chicago’s gluttonous Baconfest, Sax reveals a world of influence, money, and activism that helps decide what goes on your plate. On his journey, he meets entrepreneurs, chefs, and even data analysts who have made food trends a mission and a business. The Tastemakers is full of entertaining stories and surprising truths about what we eat, how we eat it, and why.
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