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Culinary Talent at Tucson Festival of Books

Meet culinary authors, bloggers, and chefs at the Tucson Festival of Books.

March 2, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: Local and national culinary talents at the Tucson Festival of Books
When: Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, varying times
Where: Tucson Festival of Books’ culinary tent on the University of Arizona mall

Fulfill your dreams of meeting famous chefs, cookbook authors, and food bloggers at the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books. This year, the festival’s culinary tent will be full of national and local talent, including James Beard award winner Naomi Pomeroy, managing editor of Arizona Highways Magazine Kelly Vaughn, and award-winning culinary blogger Molly Yeh. Each culinary author will host their own cooking demonstration, assisted by local chefs and culinary students, which will be moderated by experts such as Edible Baja Arizona’s managing editor Megan Kimble and local honey producer, sommelier and food authority Noel Patterson. Pick and choose your favorites, or dedicate the entire weekend to learning about food and cooking from some of the best culinary talent in the country.

Saturday, March, 11:
10:00am: Julia Turshen, whose book “Small Victories” has appeal for beginning cooks as well as professionals, kicks off the weekend. Chef Devon Sanner from the Carriage House will perform assistant chef duties, while Chef Clark moderates.
11:30am: Chef John Ash will feature his book “Cooking Wild: More than 150 Recipes for Eating Close to Nature.” Chef Mario Diaz de Sandy from the Pima College Culinary Program will perform assistant chef duties, while Chef Donna Nordin of Terra Cotta fame moderates.
1:00pm: Award- winning culinary blogger Molly Yeh will feature her first book “Molly on the Range.” Chef Judith Baigent King of Culinary Concepts will perform assistant chef duties, wile Megan Kimble, managing editor of Edible Baja Arizona, moderates.
2:30pm: Chinese culinary authority Carolyn Phillips will showcase recipes from her book “All Under Heaven,” a handbook to Chinese cuisine. Chef Jim Murphy from Kingfisher Bar & Grill will perform assistant chef duties, while Jennifer Slothower, culinary tent co-chair, moderates.
4:00pm: James Beard award winner Naomi Pomeroy will showcase her new book “Taste and Technique: Recipes to Elevate your Home Cooking.” Chef Donna Nordin will will perform assistant chef duties, while Tucson Foodie publisher Adam Lehrman moderates.

Sunday, March 12:
10:00am: Managing Editor of Arizona Highways Magazine Kelly Vaughn will feature iconic recipes from some of Arizona’s best chefs from her book “Arizona’s Best Recipes.” Chef Brian Smith from Maynard’s will perform assistant chef duties, while Jennifer Slothower moderates.
11:30am: Victor Hazan will showcase his book “Ingredienti: An Italian Guide to the Market,” a comprehensive guide to shopping for ingredients used in his late wife Marcella Hazan’s recipes. Chef Ernesto Andrade from Canyon Ranch will perform assistant chef duties, while “On the Menu Live” host Matt Russell moderates.
1:00p: Julia Turshen returns with more recipes from her book “Small Victories.” Chef Travis Peters of The Parish and The Session will perform assistant chef duties, while local honey producer, sommelier and food authority Noel Patterson moderates.
2:30pm: Chef Naomi Pomeroy returns with additional recipes from “Taste and Technique.” Chef Clark will perform assistant chef duties, while Jennifer Slothower moderates.

These awe-inspiring demonstrations are free, but seating in the culinary tent is limited to 266 guests. Learn more on the Tucson Festival of Books website.

Header image by Jeff Smith from the article “A Gastronomy of Place” from our January/February 2015 issue. 

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