Cookbook Club

(), 2023

Alton Mill Arts Centre is pleased to introduce cookbook lovers to James Beard Foundation Award and Taste Canada Award–winning author Laura Calder!

Famous for creating excellent recipes and sharing topnotch culinary advice on telelvision and in book form, Laura is back with Kitchen Bliss, a warm, funny, and pragmatic collection of stories and recipes that reveal how cooking, feeding, and home-keeping can magically restore balance and calm in our out-of-sync lives.

In her inimitably wise, warm, and quirky voice, she shares stories about everything from her shattered childhood fantasies about Sultana cake, to a gastronomically disastrous camel safari, the perilous vicissitudes of daily dishwashing by hand, and how she identifies (positively, if you can believe it) with ground meat. Stories and musings on Emily Post’s concept of a “Little Dinner” (for eight, a mere bagatelle!), unsatisfying adventures at cooking school, hopeless kitchens and how to cook in them anyway, and the English aversion to warm toast are all accompanied by recipes to soothe, inspire, and delight. Nothing too fancy here, just perfect recipes for dishes like Disgustingly Rich Potatoes, Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and The Full Quebecois Breakfast. 

Join us as Laura sits down with fellow food pro and long time friend Dana McCauley for a converstation that will reveal all the juicy details about Laura's career, food philosophy and the origin story of this delightfully entertaining book full of memories, insights, good advice, and humour. Get ready to be inspired to get in the kitchen, tie on an apron, and discover your own form of kitchen bliss.

Come for the stories, stay for the food!

After the interview and Q&A, attendees will be invited to stay for a reception where light refreshments will be served and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Note: Pre-order your autographed copy of Laura's Kitchen Bliss book when buying tickets. Extra copies available using 'add-on' feature in Eventbrite. 

Thanks to our partners at BookLore for helping to make this event a success!


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