AAUW to honor local resident Patricia Brooks, N.Y Times food critic
Published 12:25 pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Brooks received a bachelor's degree in drama from Vassar College, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in English and subsequently did advanced studies in English at the University of London, England. She met Lester Brooks while there and they married a year later. The Brooks family moved to New Canaan in 1959, where Patricia became active in local politics through the League of Women Voters and as Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee. She served as Justice of the Peace, although she never managed to perform one of the functions of the job (according to the job description) of "quelling riots on bridges." She served on the AAUW Program Committee as chairman as well as on the publicity committee for the book-author's lunch.
She is perhaps best known as the restaurant reviewer for the Connecticut edition of the New York Times since 1977 and has written many articles for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Travel and Leisure, Harper's Bazaar, Newsweek and many others. She has co-authored 25 books, including three cookbooks, nine travel guides and three books on burial sites of famous people (including "Where the Bodies Are" for which she received a Lowell Thomas "Best Travel Book" Award). She and her late husband Lester, also a writer, co-authored travel guides to Spain, Britain, Portugal, New York State and New England. Her best known cookbook is "The Presidents' Cookbook," co-authored with Poppy Cannon, while her most recent book is "The Food Lovers' Guide to Connecticut," now in its third edition.
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