Nationally-Known Cooking Experts Marilynn & Sheila Brass Return To AADL to Discuss Boston Food, A New England Melting Pot

Thursday March 14, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL joins with The Performance Network Theatre for a delightful evening of Boston lore and cooking tips with the return of Boston television stars and heirloom cooking experts Marilynn and Sheila Brass. This event is designed to give colorful insight into the food and lore of Boston - the setting for the Performance Network's March production of David Lindsay-Abaire's award-winning play "Good People."

Boston's Brass Sisters are cookbook authors, television personalities, culinary historians, and home cooks with more than 120 years of combined home baking and cooking experience. They have hosted their own Holiday Special on the Cooking Channel, were recently selected to appear in the book, "Boston's Inspirational Women" and have won a Throwdown on the Food Network with Bobby Flay (with their heirloom recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake). They have appeared on television and radio throughout the country sharing recipes and stories from their two cookbooks, "Heirloom Baking With The Brass Sisters" and "Heirloom Cooking With The Brass Sisters." Food & Wine Magazine chose both cookbooks for their Best of the Best 25 Cookbooks of the Year. "Heirloom Baking" also received a James Beard nomination in the Dessert and Baking Category. This event will include a booksigning and books will be for sale.

Experts on heirloom cookery, the famous sisters have compiled a research library of more than 6,500 cookbooks, including dozens of manuscript cookbooks, as well as 1,500 books and periodicals on antiques and culinary history. Their collection of more than 2,000 antique food molds, kitchenware, culinary prints and menus is considered one of the finest in the United States.

Performance Network staff will also be on hand to provide an introduction to "Good People." This 2011 Tony nominee centers on Margie Walsh, a Dollar Store worker from Boston's "Southie" district, who is fired from her job and facing eviction. In desperation, she reaches out to a former high school summer fling who has made it out of South Boston, inviting herself to a chic cocktail party in his home. The play is a touching and funny look at America's great economic divide. Performances of "Good People" will occur at the Performance Network through March 31. Visit the Performance Network website at for more information on this award-winning play.

Join us for an insider's look at Boston (the setting of "Good People") with the delightful Brass Sisters!