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Hello Everyone--

If you follow us on social media, you'll know that the treatment of immigrant families at the southern US border has been on our minds here at Book Larder.  I've personally felt very frustrated and helpless to effect change, and know that many of you are looking for ways to help separated and detained families as well.  Last Saturday we donated all of our profits to The Florence Project and The Texas Civil Rights Project, and you helped us raise $1600 for these two organizations (thank you!) This Sunday we're hosting a Bake Sale, with 100% of the funds raised going directly to RAICESThe Dahlia Bakery, Vif, The Pantry, many local food writers, Book Larder employees and teachers, and past winners of The Great Book Larder Bake Off are donating baked items that you can purchase in support of a very worthy cause.  We hope to see you from 10-1 on Sunday, July 1st.

Our events and classes assume a more leisurely pace in July and August, but we've still got plenty happening in the shop that I hope you'll check out.  This month we'll host author events with vegan icon Tracye McWhirter, local author, farmer, and maker of spectacular ice cream and cheese Kurt Timmermeister (who's teaching a class in August too) , and fruit forager Sara Bir.  Our class lineup will help you make the most of summer's bounty, and you'll have the chance to learn from the likes of Shauna James Ahern, Nancy Leson, Anna Brones, Srisuda Dougherty, Kit & Jesse of SeaWolf Bakers, and our own Amanda Coba.  Amanda is also leading our first field trip and serving up a true farm to table lunch with tours of Cherry Valley Dairy and Coster's Farm on July 28th.  

Finally, earlier this week we announced Yotam Ottolenghi's return to Seattle on October 30th.  If you are thinking of getting tickets I suggest you do so soon as they are very nearly gone.  And if that timing doesn't work for you, he'll also be at a lunchtime event at Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island on October 31st.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lara Hamilton & the Book Larder Crew--Mira, Abby, Carrie, Jen, Dee Dee & Amanda 
Upcoming Community Events
Bake Sale for RAICES

Sunday, July 1st 10am-1pm

Reuniting families that have been separated at the US border will take time and support. Our amazing community has rallied to put a Bake Sale on July 1st. Local bakeries, authors, bloggers, and friends are donating baked good that you'll be able to buy. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to  RAICES, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.

Participating donors include:
Dahlia BakeryVifThe PantryAran Goyoaga of  Canelle et VanilleMegan Gordon of  A Sweet SpoonfulJeanne Sauvage of  The Art of Gluten Free BakingBrian Medford of  Idlewild Biscuits and BakesAshley Rodriguez of  Not Without Saltand more!
Fika Friday!

Friday, July 13th and July 27th 3-4pm
FREE Click on the date to RSVP 

Join us for Fika Friday, a free community event to help us take a collective break! Fika is the Swedish custom of taking a moment in the afternoon to enjoy a warm drink and treat, and we are excited to make it a weekly tradition at Book Larder. 

"Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked food to pair with it. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park, or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that's what fika is all about."- Fika by Anna Brones & Johanna Kindvall 
Secret Supper: Summer in France

Friday, July 20th 6:30-8:30pm
$80  Click here to attend this event

F or one night a month, we transform Book Larder to create an intimate, communal dining experience. This month, we're celebrating the intrepid American in France. We've drawn inspiration from the books of David Lebovitz, Dorie Greenspan, Patricia Wells, Richard Olmney, and Julia Child to put together our own American take on French cuisine.

Menu includes: anchoide with crudités; tartine with roasted cherry tomato and herbed chervre; merguez lamb sausage, fennel, leek, and puy lentils with basil pistou; chocolate terrine with raspberry crème anglaise.

Ticket includes all food and drink. Please note that event reservations are non-refundable.
Book Discussion: The Cooking Gene

Tuesday, July 24th 6:30-7:30pm
Free w/ book purchase; $10 ticket only
Click here to attend this event

For our next Book Discussion, we are diving into  The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty, which won the 2018 James Beard Awards for Writing AND the Book of the Year.

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine. From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors' survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia. As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep-the power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

Discussion is limited to 20 guests. If you purchase the book, the evening is free; otherwise it's $10. We'll have snacks and drinks tailored to the book as well. So get your book and come join the conversation!
Great Book Larder Bake Off: 
Summer Fruit Desserts

Sunday, August 26th 4:15-5:15pm
$5 to be a judge
Click here to sign up to be a judge

We are so excited for the Summer 2018 GREAT BOOK LARDER BAKE OFF!  We love the Great British Bake Off, and it's clear that lots of you do too, so we decided to put on our own baking contest.  And you can participate, either as a baker or an audience member and taster. For this edition of GBLBO, we decided to make is seasonal with the theme of  Summer Fruit  Desserts .

How do you highlight summer fruit? How about a Raspberry and Cream Tart, or Strawberry Victoria Sponge? Or maybe Peach Bourbon Hand Pies, or Blueberry Pecan Galette? Show us what you've got!

Here's how it works for  bakers: Choose your favorite fruity recipe, and  email (you don't have to buy a ticket!) letting us know you want to participate (and we'll follow up with more details). Bring your baked creation to the Bake Off, and if you win you'll get a $50 Book Larder gift card! 

Don't want to bake but want to  judge a bunch of goodies and participate in the fun?  Register above, and be ready to taste and vote. Please note that space for both bakers and tasters is limited, so don't delay!  As Mel and Sue would say, "On your marks, get set, bake!"
Upcoming Author Talks
Author Talk with Tracye McQuirter:  
Ageless Vegan

Monday, July 9th 6:30-8pm
FREE Click here to RSVP for this event

Vegan lifestyle expert Tracye McQuirter teams up with her mother Mary to share their secrets for maintaining radiant health for more than 30 years, and 100 of their favorite plant-based recipes that have kept them looking and feeling ageless. Ageless Vegan helps you kiss diet-related disease and fatigue goodbye and gives you the information, inspiration, and affirmation you need to live a long, glowing, and healthy life you love.   read more...
Author Talk with Kurt Timmermeister: Farm Food Volume 2: Spring & Summer

Wednesday, July 18th 6:30-8pm
FREE Click here to RSVP for this event

In the second installment of Farm Food, Kurt Timmermeister introduces you to the delights of spring and summer on his dairy farm.  Warm weather should be celebrated with luxurious meats, simple, bright salads, and fruity desserts, and all of these can be found in the Cookhouse on Kurt's farm. Make your own ricotta, learn new and delicious methods to flavor freshly churned ice cream, try your hand at a British summer pudding, and experiment with hearty, classic ways to prepare pork for future enjoyment.     read more...
Author Talk with Sara Bir:  
The Fruit Forager's Companion

Wednesday, July 25th 6:30-8pm
FREE  Click here to RSVP for this event

Half of the fruit that grows in yards and public spaces is never picked or eatenThe Fruit Forager's Companion is a how-to guide with recipes, devoted to the secret, sweet bounty just outside our front doors and ripe for the taking, telling readers where and when to find them, and how to gather and cook them. Sara will do a show and tell with fruits gathered from the region, as well as a demo using foraged ingredients.  read more...
Upcoming Cooking Classes
Prices and times vary

Sourdough 101 with Sea Wolf Bakers on July 8th , July 18th , July 22nd , and July 30th

Lunch Break on  July 9th and  July 16th

Gluten-Free Fruit Desserts with Shauna James Ahern on July 10th

Do-Ahead Dinner Party with Nancy Leson on July 17th 

Knife Skills with Amanda Coba on July 23rd

Pretzels with Sea Wolf Bakers on July 23rd

Rye Bread  with Sea Wolf Bakers on July 25th

Outdoor Cooking with Anna Brones on July 26th

Sicilian Summer with Amanda Coba on July 31st
Prices and times vary

Pasta Workshop with Amanda Coba on August 1st

Sourdough 101 with Sea Wolf Bakers on August 1st, August 5th, August 13th, and August 19th

Vegan for All with Amanda Coba on August 8th

Rye Bread with Sea Wolf Bakers on August 8th

Farm Food Dinner with Kurt Timmermeister on August 16th 

Pretzels with Sea Wolf Bakers on August 22nd

Isaan Thai Country Cooking with Srisuda Dougherty on August 23rd

Food Lover on a Budget - Bread with Amanda Coba on August 29th

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