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It Was SRO For Alana Chernila’s ‘The Homemade Kitchen’
Rachel Louchen reports from West Stockbridge. Due to her Saturday appearances at the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market, cheesemaking classes and walks around town with her children, Alana Chernila is a familiar presence in the Berkshires. Which accounts for the large turnout on Oct. 18 for the launch party of her second book, The Homemade Kitchen at Six Depot Roastery & Cafe. The cafe’s large back gallery could hardly hold the turnout (despite the unseasonable snow flurries, guests were waiting outside for their book), which included toddlers, longtime friends and many fans, some of whom drove a very long way to meet the woman who helped them learn to love cooking. The event was much like Alana herself—very Berkshires minded—featuring a spread prepared with local produce. Each book purchased came with a tote bag hand-lettered by artist Sascha Woolfe with one of the book’s mantras: “Do Your Best And Then Let It Go.” This helpful advice, along with Alana’s new book, will no doubt inspire a lot more people to love their kitchen.
Barbara Greenburg, a friend of Alana’s, with Enid Moore and their copies of the book; Sandisfield residents Anna Konopatskaya and Aaron Dennis.
Great Barrington Selectman Ed Abrahams and Caroline Tufts; Vittoria Buerschaper, here with Will Fuqua, became a fan of Alana’s first cookbook, The Homemade Pantry, when she was living in Seattle. Now the Grafton, Mass. resident took the opportunity of living in the same state as Alana to get her book signed in person.
Carrie Bachman, who worked on publicity for the book, with Six Depot proprietor Lisa Landry; Lynn Davis with her daughter, Christina Davis, founder of From Scratch Club, a food blog based out of the Capitol Region.
The line was out the door to purchase The Homemade Kitchen and to have it signed by the author.
Woven Roots Farm owner Jen Salinetti, who supplied vegetables for the party, here with Alana’s husband, Joey Chernila; Great Barrington’s Emily Kasten, a college friend of Alana’s, and Stephanie Bradford of Stockbridge in line for their books.
Sascha Wolfe and Alana’s sister, Maia Vlcek, manned the “Use Your Scraps” table, inspired by a chapter in the book which utilizes otherwise useless leftover food; Alana meeting and greeting one of her many guests.