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Books: Discussion

At Home on the Range: Elizabeth Gilbert in conversation with John Hodgman

When

Tuesday May 22, 2012 (7–9pm)

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5th Ave & 42nd St

212 930 0855

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$25

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"This book is a beautiful time capsule that looks back to the roots of American gastronomy, when the values of gardening and fresh ingredients were the primary inspiration. Margaret Yardley Potter’s warm, witty stories and recipes show us that our great-grandmothers instinctually understood that food is central to a life well-lived." --Alice Waters

 

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, rediscovered a dusty, yellowed hardcover called At Home on the Range, originally written by her great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter. Having only been peripherally aware of the volume, Gilbert dug in with some curiosity, and soon found that she had stumbled upon a book far ahead of its time. In her workaday cookbook, Potter espoused the importance of farmer’s markets and ethnic food (Italian, Jewish, and German), derided preservatives and culinary shortcuts, and generally celebrated a devotion to epicurean adventures. Part scholar--she includes a great recipe from 1848 for boiled sheep head--and part crusader for a more open food conversation than currently existed, it's not hard to see from where Elizabeth Gilbert inherited both her love of food, and her warm, infectious prose.