Summer Cooking Demo: The Lost Kitchen

Summer Cooking Demo: The Lost Kitchen

“The crickets chirp louder, the moon rises fuller.  These are the days we dream of on cold February nights.”—Erin Fritch

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I am utterly mad for this cookbook.  Dave read about it in the paper and mentioned the author, Erin Fritch, owner of the Maine restaurant “The Lost Kitchen” and self-taught chef.  He said, “she reminds me of you.”  Not because of her peppery personal history (she lost her first restaurant during a wicked divorce and made some bad choices in the aftermath).  He meant because she came back for a second career determined to do it her way, with great honesty and simplicity.  Oh and this girl knows how to COOK.  You simply must call and say you’ll come.  The Lost Kitchen is THAT good.    — Sandy

Cathy and I just had to revisit this favorite cookbook because our last demo featured Erin’s wintery-ingredient goodness, but wait ‘til you try warm weather yummies like her Cornflake Fried Chicken with Perfect Potato Salad, Skillet Mussels with Rosemary, Lavender & Lime, Pork Burgers with Grilled Peaches, Bacon & Blue Cheese and Summer Berries with Ginger-Cream Shortcakes.

$15/person
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Chuck Long Book Signing

Chuck Long Book Signing

Destined for Greatness: The Story of Chuck Long

 “I have been around great, great people all my life. I’ve associated with great players and great coaches. I’ve taught history and I know a little about the qualities of great people in history. It was just so evident to me that Chuck Long had all the qualities you find in great people. I could just see it.”
—Iowa Coach Hayden Fry on his first impressions of Wheaton North’s Chuck Long 
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The year is 1981. The Iowa Hawkeyes are struggling mightily to gain respectability on the football field after decades as a Big Ten Conference doormat. Hayden Fry, a larger-than-life character and river boat gambler with Texas roots, had arrived in Iowa City in 1979. Now, in his all-important third year as head coach, it’s make-or-break time for a man doggedly determined to transform a beleaguered program into a national powerhouse. While the team has many needs, one of the most important is a strong leader at quarterback. Unexpectedly, Hayden and his staff sign a blonde-haired, six-foot-four quarterback named Chuck Long. Safe to say the son of Wheaton residents Charlie and Joan Long was as much a mystery to Iowa fans as winning. Chuck averaged just a handful of throws per start as a high school signal caller for the Wheaton North team coached by Jim Rexilius. Even in North’s 14–6 victory over LaSalle-Peru in the 1979 4A Illinois state football championship game, Chuck completed just one of four passes for minus-three yards. Now, Coach Hayden Fry takes to the microphones as the 1982 campaign approaches and, in front of a gaggle of reporters, proclaims sophomore-to-be, Chuck Long, as “destined for greatness.” In a twist of fate not even Hollywood could script, Chuck and the Iowa Hawkeyes set sail on a voyage that would ultimately take them (and the state of Iowa) into the national spotlight. At the heart of it all was a once-obscure quarterback. Sound too good to be true? Not if you’re destined for greatness.

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Author Visit: The Girl in the Mirror

Author Visit: The Girl in the Mirror

Be INSPIRED as you meet the author of the book series, A Girl With A Cape, and hear her
read her NEWEST book, The Girl In The Mirror.


“The Girl In The Mirror boosts your self confidence.” —  High School Sophomore

“This book reassures that whoever you are, whatever you’ve been through, you’re worth it. Keep going.” —  High School Senior

“Here I am, 45, a year post divorce, struggling mom of a 14 year old girl… The Girl In The Mirror spoke right to my heart.” —  Vickie F., Mom of a Teenager, Health Field Professional

“This is a very powerful book for EVERYONE.” —  Nora G., Art Teacher

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Baking with Karen: "Summertime and the Baking is Easy"

Baking with Karen: "Summertime and the Baking is Easy"

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Who wants the oven on for a long time, or complicated or large cakes laying around in summer?  Not us, so for this event Karen will cook from two delightfully unpretentious books that offer recipes for easy everyday sweets in small batches.  Cake Keepers is my favorite all-time baking book, but we will be baking from a newer offering in the genre called Cake Simple — we will see if we like it just as well!  

$15/person

Cal the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Cooking Demo: The Provence Cookbook

Cooking Demo: The Provence Cookbook

One of my favorite books of all time is Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence.  His witty and warm-hearted account of updating a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in a  remote Provencal village, while living there — is stylish and fun, but also warmly appreciative of all things local.  Mr. Mayle passed away earlier this year, and his final book will be released on June 26th, so we knew it was time to celebrate all of his writing, and cooking from Patricia Wells’ Provence Cookbook seemed like the perfect PPB way to celebrate.  Come on over to fete Provence with us!  The cost includes a copy of A Year in Provence included (we can substitute/exchange another book if you already own it) 

See you here!   — Sandy

 

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$30/person (includes a copy of “A Year in Provence”)

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Cooking Demo: What do Italians eat in the summer?

Cooking Demo: What do Italians eat in the summer?

PPB’s resident Italian chef, Cathy, is an expert at all things cookery but especially her own native cuisine.  Come Fall, 2018 we are excited to offer a year-long series celebrating Italian cooking from every aspect; we will have a restaurant chefs series, an “Italian Moms” home-cooking series, and of course a taste-test comparison of one of her favorite Italian cookbook authors, Lidia Bastianich and my very most favorite, Marcella Hazan.  For now though, we wanted to whet your appetites with Cathy’s favorite recipes for warm weather Italian food - salads and veggies and quicker-cook pasta sauces and entrees, plus of course -- aperitifs!  Come on over to Ciao, Italia!  

$15/person

Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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