Molly O’Neill of “One Big Table” at Oblong
December 4 @ 4 - 6 p.m.
To celebrate the spirit of the season, Oblong Books is hosting a community cookie swap with Molly O’Neill, author of the delectable new cookbook, One Big Table. Oblong has invited local home cooks and professional bakers to rustle up a batch and bring them along with a copy of the recipe to a book-signing/cookie-swap. The most original recipes will appear on O’Neill’s website, One Big Table.com and become part of the One Big Table archive, a treasure trove of American cooking.
Ever since she left The New York Times, where she had been a food columnist for the Sunday magazine, O’Neill has been working on the One Big Table concept, both on-line and on the road through a series of events that “celebrate American home cooking, support local agriculture, and prove that community begins when people gather around a table to eat, drink, talk, laugh, and dream.” Her premise: to investigate the disturbing allegation that Americans no longer cook. What she discovered: Since they really don’t have to, many do not. “Those who choose to cook are throwbacks,” O’Neill says, “who refuse to eat like everybody else.” Among those throwbacks: Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes’ resident curmudgeon, who bakes bread.
Now O’Neill has turned a dozen years of research into one big book—1,000 pages, 600 recipes gathered from home cooks, farmers, fishermen,pit masters, and chefs, illustrated with 800 photographs by Rebecca Busselle, who lives in our region.
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