On Wednesday, Aug. 18,  Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s Artists and Authors Among Us lecture series will continue with author and food historian Sandy Oliver. Her one-hour presentation will begin 7 p.m. in the library gym, located in the Thomaston Academy building, Main Street/Route 1.

Oliver began working in food history in 1971, when she founded the fireplace cooking program at Mystic Seaport Museum. She continues researching historic foodways and speaks before professional and public audiences at museums, historical and culinary organizations. Oliver teaches historic recipe research and responds to media requests on historic food. When asked, she provides training programs in historic cooking for museum interpreters.

Oliver of Islesboro is the author of “Saltwater Foodways” and “Food in Colonial and Federal America.” She co-authored “Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History and Recipes” with Kathleen Curtin of Plimoth Plantation. In 2008, the “Saltwater Foodways Companion Cookbook” was published, a recipes-only paperback version of the recipes from “Saltwater Foodways.” Founding publisher and editor of publication of Food History News, which ran for 20 years from 1989 to 2009, Oliver has exerted considerable influence on the pursuit of food history in America.

The program includes time for questions, and a small reception will be held. The series is free to the public, but donations to the library are greatly appreciated.

Upcoming presenters include artist Elizabeth Greenburg, Sept. 8; and artist Eric Hopkins, Sept. 15. For more information, contact the library at 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.