Two Connecticut food writers will join a husband and wife team of doctors and a bestselling writer of fiction at the annual Book and Author Luncheon of the New Canaan Branch of the American Association of University Women at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
In "Thomas Jefferson's Crème Brûlee," Bethel resident Thomas J. Craughwell tells a tale of culinary history that changed American agriculture and the way we eat. As minister to France in 1784, Jefferson took along a slave, James Hemings, who in return for his freedom, was to master the art of French cooking.
At the same time, Jefferson studied the cultivation of French crops. The men returned home with culinary marvels, such as pasta, french fries, champagne, macaroni and cheese, crème brûlee, and a host of other treats. The book features 12 original recipes.
Craughwell is the author of more than 30 books on history, religion, and popular culture, a frequent magazine writer, and guest on network TV.
Patricia Brooks, longtime New Canaan resident and AAUW member, soon will have the fourth edition of her "Food Lovers' Guide to Connecticut" released. "Anything food related has a short shelf life," Brooks said. "That's why each edition is really an entirely new book."
Brooks has been the restaurant reviewer for The New York Times' Connecticut section since 1977.
"The Creativity Cure: A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness," by husband-and-wife physicians Carrie and Alton Barron, reveals how people can change the way they think about personal happiness and the connection between their creative and true selves.
Carrie Barron, M.D., a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst, is on the faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and in private practice in New York City. Alton Barron, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, is president of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand and has been a surgeon for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera for more than a decade, a consultant for CBS, and a New York Times writer.
"News from Heaven" by Jennifer Haigh, New York Times bestselling author of "Faith and The Condition," is a collection of 10 new stories set in and around the fictionalized mining town of Bakerton, Pa. Haigh has been published in The Best American Short Stories 2012, won both the PEN/Hemingway and PEN/Winship Awards, and been named a finalist for Book Sense Book of the Year.
The luncheon benefits the Educational Opportunities Fund of AAUW, which provides more than $3.7 million for more than 240 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations.
Tickets are $65 and are available by calling Dorcas Hills at 203-966-6211 or sending a check to 25 Shagbark Drive, New Canaan CT 06840. The reservation deadline is April 12.