Telluride’s five-star Wilkinson Public Library is cooking with gas. I mean literally.
In addition to Chef Bud’s popular Books & Cooks, the library announces the introduction of yet another series of cooking classes for the balance of the winter season: Feasts of Spring features Dr. Susanna Hoffman.
This is a personal endorsement: Promise you do not want to miss Susanna in action. While whipping up mouth-watering dishes, she also spins unforgettable yarns related to whatever it is she is concocting that day, spiced with a knife-sharp wit. The experience is as much about theatre as food prep.
Here’s what Susanna has under her toque for the series:
February 9th: Feast of St. Valentine – Romantic Food
Champagne with a Basil leaf (and /or drop of honey or quince)
Pork and Mint Stuffed Figs
Chocolate Butterscotch Tartlets
Honey and Almonds Swirl
February 23rd: Fast of Lent – Classic Lenten Foods
Yellow Peas Porridge
Leeks Lenten Style
Walnut Syrup Cake
(Pretzels or Hot Cross Buns potentially provided?)
March 8th: Ides of March Feast – Foods of Rome
Frascati Wine, Sweetened and Diluted
Chick Peas in Balsamic Vinegar Bruschettas
Skewered Chicken Livers Cooked with Onions and Moscato
Pasta Amatriciana with Panchetta and Pecorino Romano
March 22nd: Feast of Easter – Greek
Greek Saint George Wine
Classic Filo Cheese Pie
Lamb Stew with Dill and Artichokes
Barley Rusk Salad with Spring Greens
Semolina Cake with Orange Syrup
In addition to being a sometimes chef, Dr. Susanna Hoffman wears many other hats, including anthropologist (her specialty is disasters) and food writer. Her next book, American Cuisine and How It Came To Be, Workman Publishing, comes out Spring 2013.
To learn more about Susanna and food, click the “play” button and listen to an interview I did with her in December 2011, when she appeared as a special guest of Books & Cooks: