Diana Kennedy, esteemed cookbook author and culinary historian, will visit Santa Cruz California in November and appear at three events celebrating the recent re-issue of Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul Satisfying Food.

Originally published in 1984, in this revision Kennedy has added recipes, revised old ones, reworked sections and added more, including itemized lists of things she loves – good butter, a perfect croissant, lard, and Seville orange marmalade, and things she vehemently dislikes – kosher salt, fat-free dairy products, and GMOs among them.

The culminating work of an illustrious career and, at 93, likely her last book, Nothing Fancy is about as close as Kennedy will come to writing a memoir. It chronicles her life in Mexico, where she has lived for decades, and includes family recipes from Britain and collected recipes from her travels around the globe. It is an incredible opportunity for everyone to spend time in the kitchen with the one and only Diana Kennedy, listening to the stories she has collected and making the food she has loved over a long lifetime of cooking.

Diana Kennedy is one of the world’s preeminent scholars on Mexican cooking and one of its best-known food writers. Renowned for her uncompromising insistence on using the correct ingredients and preparation techniques, she has taught generations of cooks the world over how to prepare traditional dishes from the villages, markets, and homes of Mexico and in doing so, has documented and helped to preserve the country’s diverse and rich food ways.

As well, her life has always been and continues to be devoted to living by and sharing sound ecological practices and sustainability. In her own words, “We must preserve for future generations the beauty and diversity of this unique and marvelous planet Earth on which we are privileged to live.”

TUESDAY, NOV 15 SOIF WINE BAR will host a dinner for Diana. 6pm reception and book signing, 7pm dinner.Tickets are $150 per person and include a copy of Nothing Fancy. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Diana Kennedy Center, a foundation committed to the preservation of Mexico’s cuisines and biodiversity. Reservations online at opentable.com or call Soif, (831) 423-2020.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 16 Diana will be at the DOWNTOWN SC FARMER’S MARKET 2-5pm, with a talk and Q&A scheduled for 3pm. Free event. (Corner of Cedar/Lincoln in downtown Santa Cruz)

SATURDAY, NOV 19,, Diana will return to the APTOS FARMER’S MARKET 10am-12pm to visit with market customers and sign books. Free event .(6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA)

THANKS TO OUR BELOVED BOOKSHOPP SANTA CRUZ, BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT ALL EVENTS…UNTIL WE RUN OUT. YOU MIGHT WANT TO GET YOUR COPY NOW!

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