Oliver speaks on home cooking
Thomaston — Prize-winning food historian and author Sandra Oliver is the featured speaker at the Thomaston Historical Society meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the society’s building, the Farmhouse, 80 Knox St. just north of the railroad tracks.
Oliver’s most recent book, “Maine Home Cooking,” was recently released by Down East Publishing. It is her fifth cookbook in a series offering not only tasty recipes, but also interesting anecdotes from her research and the many friends she has made through her research and weekly column in the Bangor Daily News.
Oliver’s interest in this endeavor began in 1971 when she created a program to teach people about fireplace cooking in a house built in the 1830s at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. Since then, she has become an authority on the history of food in America with an emphasis on New England cooking. Her home on Islesboro is a 19th-century island farmhouse, an appropriate setting for her very active writing and speaking schedule.
As the recipient of many awards including the Julia Child Cookbook Award, the Jane Grigson Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Oliver has lectured at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C.; Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson; and for the gastronomy program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, among other museums and organizations. She sprinkles her talks with a good deal of humor and great insight into our past and present.
This program is offered free of charge to the public. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.