When I opened Book Larder, I had a mental list of authors I would love to host one day. Authors who had shaped my own cooking style, whose books I couldn't wait to get my hands on when they wrote something new, and whose curiosity meant that they always had something to say. Diana Henry has always been on that list, and I'm absolutely thrilled to welcome her for her very first visit to Seattle. Diana has appreciated food and its imaginative possibilities from an early age. When she was sixteen she started a menu notebook (an exercise book carefully covered in wrapping paper) in which she wrote up the meals she wanted to cook. She kept this book for years. Putting a menu together is still her favourite part of cooking. Menus aren't just groups of dishes that have to work on a practical level (meals that cooks can manage), they also have to work as a succession of flavours. But what is perhaps most special about them is the way they can create very different moods - menus can take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. They are a way of visiting places you've never seen, revisiting places you love and celebrating particular seasons. How to Eat a Peach contains many of Diana's favorite dishes in menus that will take you through the year and to different parts of the world.
Diana will be in conversation with local author Tara Austen Weaver, discussing how to craft a perfect menu, her superb cookbooks, and the joys and challenges of food writing. We'll have a bite from the book for you to try, and you'll be able to have Diana sign your copy of How to Eat a Peach, which is included in your ticket. Please note Diana will sign copies of How to Eat a Peach purchased at Book Larder.
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