Local organic dining pioneer and author Brenda Langton and coauthor Margaret Stuart have upcoming Twin Cities events for their new book, The Spoonriver Cookbook (University of Minnesota Press, May 2012).
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
$10 member/$15 non-members
Join Brenda Langton during this exclusive evening during which you will taste some of the delights from Mill City Farmers Market, learn about new recipes, celebrate the launch of her new book The Spoonriver Cookbook, and hear her talk about her amazing journey as a chef.
Brenda Langton, author of The Spoonriver Cookbook, and Atina Diffley, author of Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works (also published by the University of Minnesota Press), will talk about the intricate links between farmers and consumers. They will discuss how food decisions consumers make every day directly impact the land management decisions farmers make, which in turn impacts local ecosystems and ultimately, the health of all life on the planet. The authors will argue that a committed and supportive relationship between farm and market is crucial to the creation of an economically viable, local-organic, resilient and renewable, food system. After the discussion, Ms. Langton will offer a variety of flavorful food samplings made from The Spoonriver Cookbook, showcasing a few of the many simple, delicious and healthy recipes in the book. Copies of both books will be available for sale and book signing.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
For nearly forty years, Brenda Langton has been one of the most recognizable guiding lights of Twin Cities organic dining. The Spoonriver Cookbook is a tribute to her acclaimed Spoonriver restaurant and the Mill City Farmers Market, as well as a presentation of the vision and philosophy behind Spoonriver’s delicious creations and its remarkable chef.
THE SPOONRIVER COOKBOOK
By Brenda Langton and Margaret Stuart
University of Minnesota Press | 280 pages | May 2012
ISBN 978-0-8166-7628-6 | Jacketed Hardcover | $34.95
PRAISE FOR THE SPOONRIVER COOKBOOK:
“I adore Brenda Langton for her commitment, her principled unwavering vision, her social agenda, and most of all her scrumptious food.” —Andrew Zimmern
“Buy this book if you want to live longer! No one in the world can better combine ingredients than food guru Brenda Langton. She not only makes us healthier but eating her way makes us better people.” —Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
“Brenda is a remarkably talented chef who makes extraordinarily delicious foods which also happen to be healthy, affordable, and relatively easy to make. That she has willingly shared her recipes is a gift to us all. Enjoy!” —David Eisenberg, M.D., Director of “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives: Caring For Our Patients and Ourselves”
“I applaud Brenda for her commitment to local, fresh, sustainable ingredients and for being a leading advocate for healthy eating. It is her passion, devotion, and spirit that has led the way to make a difference in how people eat.” —Cindy Pawlcyn, Brassica Mediterranean Kitchen & Wine Bar, Napa Valley, CA
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Brenda Langton has been a presence in Twin Cities dining since 1972. She started her first restaurant, Cafe Kardamena, in St. Paul in 1978, and then moved it to Minneapolis and renamed it Cafe Brenda in 1986. Cafe Brenda operated until 2009. In 2006, Brenda opened Spoonriver and founded the Mill City Farmers Market. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and an educator and consultant on healthy eating.
Margaret Stuart is a horticulturist, landscape designer, and personal chef who has been cooking natural foods since her late teens. Langton and Stuart are coauthors of The Cafe Brenda Cookbook, first published in 1992 and republished by the University of Minnesota Press in 2004.