Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recipes from around the world

Writer Mark Kurlansky to read from new book ‘International Night’

Express Staff Writer

Author Mark Kurlansky will talk about his new book, “International Night,” on Aug. 24 at The Community Library in Ketchum.
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    What began as a family game with his daughter blossomed into a collection of recipes and stories about food from around the world.
    Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Mark Kurlansky will read from his new book “International Night,” joined by his co-writer, 14-year-old Talia Kurlansky, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at The Community Library in Ketchum. The event is being organized by Iconoclast Books in Ketchum.
    Kurlansky is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including “Cod,” “Salt,” “Edible Stories” and “The Basque History of the World.”
    “International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World,” began five years ago when  the writer’s daughter Talia started to spin the globe each week to find inspiration for the Sunday-evening meal.
    Wherever Talia’s finger landed was the country from which they drew inspiration in the kitchen. The result is a book of 52 meals, and more than 250 recipes from Morrocco, French Guiana, Kazakhstan and other exotic locales.
    All of the recipes, for main courses, appetizers and desserts, are designed to be easyily completed by amateur chefs.
    “Cooking with kids is a great thing to do. Kids like to talk about culture and geography and all sorts of things,” said Kurlansky.
    He said he and Talia will talk about the process of writing the book and will then sign copies for readers.
    “I hope afterward that everyone goes home and starts cooking something with their kids,” he said.
    Kurlansky brought his knowledge of Basque culture to a story-telling session in 2006 at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Last year, he returned to Ketchum to give the keynote speech at the festival.
    “Food is a way of getting into all social and political things,” he said to the festival attendees.
    Kurlansky has also conducted writing workshops at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
    Kurlansky was awarded the 2011 National Parenting Publications Gold Award for “World Without Fish,” and The 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for “Nonviolence,” and many other honors. He lives in New York City.    Tony Evans:

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