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Cooking Simply with Sam Sifton and Dawn Perry

Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore for a lively virtual conversation with founding editor of New York Times Cooking and an assistant managing editor for The Times, Sam Sifton; writer and cookbook author Dawn Perry; moderated by Chef Anna Francese Gass.

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About Sam Sifton

Sam Sifton is an assistant managing editor of The New York Times, overseeing culture and lifestyle coverage; an "Eat" columnist for The New York Times Magazine; and the founding editor of NYT Cooking, an award-winning digital cookbook and cooking school. Formerly the newspaper's national news editor, culture editor, and chief restaurant critic, he is also the author of Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well and See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends.

The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes

Now NYT Cooking is making it truly easy for all home cooks to build their intuitive cooking confidence with The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes, a stylish, compact handbook of more than 100 no-recipe-required meals, each photographed and described beautifully and laid out with minimal suggestions of ingredients and approximate amounts, like a "glug" and a "fistful." Welcome home to freestyle, relaxed cooking that is absolutely yours.

About Dawn Perry

Dawn Perry is a writer and cookbook author. Most recently, she served as the food director for Real Simple. She has also worked in the test kitchens of Everyday Food, Bon Appétit, and the meal kit delivery service Martha & Marley Spoon. Dawn is the author of Short Stack Editions’ Cucumbers. Her recipes and writing have also been featured on Epicurious, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and The New York Times, among other publications. Inspired by the cookie recipe on page 298, she recently started Superkind Cookies, a premium cookie company, now shipping treats nationwide. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.

About Ready, Set, Cook

With Ready, Set, Cook, Perry offers her very own playbook for getting good food on the table fast so you can spend your free time doing more of what you love, without having to worry about preparing your next meal (whether you’re cooking for one, or for a family of five). Perry shares her secrets for creating delicious meals in no time, and it starts with a well-stocked pantry. Whether you’re just getting comfortable in the kitchen, or are a seasoned cook looking for new tips and tricks, Ready, Set, Cook, is an accessible toolbox that takes the stress out of cooking for everyone (and teaches you how to make meals taste like you worked much harder and much longer on them than you actually did). Are you ready? Get set. Let’s cook!

About Anna Francese Gass

Anna Francese Gass grew up in a small town on the Rhode Island shore, before moving to New York City to study at New York University. After a stint in the corporate world, she decided she was much happier in the kitchen instead of an office cubicle. She quit her fast-paced sales job and enrolled in Culinary Arts at the French Culinary Institute (now ICC) to follow her dream to cook professionally. Soon thereafter, she found her niche in the test kitchens of Martha Stewart Living, Whole Foods, and Mad Hungry.

Currently, she is a regular contributing editor and recipe tester for Food52, Chowhound, and contributing writer for MSN.com. Chef Anna Francese Gass is the author of the cookbook, Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women. She has created a successful blog, www.annasheirloomkitchen.com and Instagram @annafgass. She lives in New Canaan, Connecticut with her husband, three kids and rambunctious boxer, Levi.

This event is co-sponsored by Barrett Bookstore. If you would like to add to your cookbook collection, please visit their website.

Registration Information

Need help registering? Email Adult Programming at apstaff@darienlibrary.org.

This event will take place on Zoom. You will receive an email confirming your registration with a link to join the Webinar after you register for the event.

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