French Macarons 101

Wednesday September 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make macarons!

In this class, students will learn all about how to make French macarons. The ingredients, instructions, and proper storage will all be covered in this hands-on class.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing cooking & baking series.

Delicious Caramel 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Wednesday October 4, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this lively workshop on how to make perfect caramel.

In this class, students will learn how to make various types of caramel, how to safely cook with hot sugar, and how to make brittles. This is a demo workshop and attendees won't be making their own caramel, but will learn what they need to know to do it at home. You will get to taste the caramel sauce and take some home!

This event is a partnership with the People's Food Co-Op and part of an ongoing baking series.

Raw Vegan Fall Detox

Tuesday October 10, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

Learn a safe and powerful raw vegan cleansing and detoxifying program you can start today.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and at her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor. Ellen also offers life coaching and health retreats.

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op.

Savory Holiday Potluck Ideas with Keegan Rodgers!

Wednesday October 11, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads lively workshop on learning some new dishes to share as we head into holiday potluck season! Freshen up your cooking repertoire and learn some new recipes just in time for this busy season.

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Heirloom Apple Tasting

Friday October 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for all ages

Farmers once grew thousands of varieties of apples. In modern times, most of these old heirloom varieties are extremely rare, and are now grown by only a small handful of farms.

We're taste-testing some fantastic heirloom apples—all grown right here in Michigan! Join us to discover a diverse array of sweet, sour, crisp, soft, gnarly, delicious, and straight-up weird apple varieties!

AADL staff will be on hand to explain a bit of the history of each selection. Here are some of the heirloom apples that we expect to sample:

[note: varieties sampled may be subject to change]

Cox’s Orange Pippin:
Origin: 1830, in England. A highly regarded dessert apple, the Cox is best eaten or used for cider. Generally on the small side, it is complex in flavor and sweet. It is not well suited for cooking or baking.

Esopus Spitzenburg:
Origin: before 1790, in New York. Like many russetted apples, the Spitzenburg is crisp and sweet, with a vaguely pear-like flavor. It is reputed to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple.

Northern Spy:
Origin: 1800’s, in New York. Probably the best pie apple ever. A great combination of sweet and acidic, the Northern Spy is highly sought-after by bakers in-the-know

Calville Blanc d’hiver:
Origin: 1700’s, in France. An excellent baking apple, the Calville holds up well in the oven, and is a satisfying mix of crisp and tart. The Calville Blanc is unusually high in vitamin C.

Discriminating Taste: How Class Anxiety Created The American Food Revolution

Sunday October 15, 2017: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

A provocative look at contemporary food culture, Margot Finn’s new book Discriminating Taste: How Class Anxiety Created The American Food Revolution critically examines cultural touchstones from Ratatouille to The Biggest Loser, identifying how "good food" is conflated with high status.

Drawing historical parallels with the Gilded Age, Margot Finn, Ph.D. and Lecturer, University Courses Division at the University of Michigan, argues that the rise of gourmet, ethnic, diet, and organic foods must be understood in tandem with the ever-widening income inequality gap.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

This program is presented in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor, which was founded in 1983 by Jan Longone and friends and is an organization of scholars, cooks, food writers, nutritionists, collectors, students, and others interested in the study of culinary history and gastronomy.

Author Julia Turshen Discusses Her Book “Feed the Resistance”

Friday October 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

From favorite cookbook author Julia Turshen comes "Feed the Resistance," a practical and inspiring handbook for political activism—with recipes.

As the millions who marched in January 2017 demonstrated, activism is the new normal. When people search for ways to resist injustice and express support for civil rights, environmental protections, and more, they begin by gathering around the table to talk and plan. These dishes foster community and provide sustenance for the mind and soul, including a dozen of the healthy, affordable recipes Turshen is known for, plus over 15 more recipes from a diverse range of celebrated chefs.

With stimulating lists, extensive resources, and essays from activists in the worlds of food, politics, and social causes, "Feed the Resistance" is a must have handbook for anyone hoping to make a difference.

Julia Turshen is a writer who lives in upstate New York, the author of "Small Victories" and numerous other cookbooks. She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, SELF, T Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Lucky Peach.

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan Library and Literati Bookstore and will include a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event.