Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Chefs & Books - Wed. March 12th 7pm

On Tuesday March 12th 2008 at 7pm, the Farmington Library will present the March “Chefs and Books” event, a unique adult series that features chefs and restaurateurs, culinary literature and yummy samples.

Hailed as "an anthropologist of the human soul as revealed through food" (, Nancy Harmon Jenkins has written frequently about Mediterranean cuisine (The Essential Mediterranean, Flavors of Tuscany, Flavors of Puglia, The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook). She has lived and traveled extensively within the region and divides her time between homes in Maine and Tuscany.

She also writes for national publications, including the New York Times and Food & Wine, and she works closely with the Culinary Institute of America, leading tours to Italy and Spain for the CIA's Worlds of Flavor program.

Most Italian-American cooking derives from southern Italian fare, yet few cookbooks offer the parent cuisine in all its delicious variety. Nancy Harmon Jenkins's Cucna del Sole does so expertly. A collection of 200 approachable recipes from Sicily, Calabria, Bastilicata, Puglia, and Campania, the dishes include the likes of Pasta with Tomato and Toasted Almond Pesto; Swordfish in Lemon Caper Sauce; and Slow-Cooked Lamb with Wild Mushrooms. There's a comprehensive section on breads, pizza, and calzone, and a brief but attractive chapter of desserts, such as ricotta tart, Frozen Coffee Pudding, and, of course, cannoli. Good ingredient notes and traveler's advice are present, too.

Food and samples for this library event will be provided by Metro Bis Restaurant. The Farmington Library “Chefs and Books” Series is generously sponsored by Metro Bis Restaurant. Following her March 12th Farmington Library appearance, Nancy Harmon Jenkins will be featured at an author dinner at Metro Bis. More information about this dinner can be obtained by contacting Metro Bis directly.

For more information on the Chefs and Books series, contact Hal Bright, Head of Adult/Information Services at: (860) 673-6791. Advance registration is required for this program.

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