Nationally-Known Heirloom Cooking Experts The Brass Sisters Discuss Heirloom Baking and Introduce AADL's New Digital Database of Local Recipes 'Ann Arbor Cooks'

This event was held on October 25, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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See the premiere of Ann Arbor Cooks, the new online database of local historical cookbooks and heirloom recipes available at aadl.org. Who better to introduce this terrific new service than the nationally-known (and always enjoyable!) heirloom cooking experts from New England, Marilynn and Sheila Brass, authors of "Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters." This delightful evening includes a demonstration of Ann Arbor Cooks, a discussion of heirloom baking by the Brass sisters, and refreshments made by the Washtenaw County Historical Society from heirloom recipes. The Brass sisters will also sign their book, for sale at the event courtesy of Nicola's Books. ANN ARBOR COOKS: This new project by AADL, in cooperation with the Washtenaw County Historical Society and Hadassah, digitizes cookbooks published by Ann Arbor churches and organizations, making them available through aadl.org. The Library has reached back in time to gather cookbooks from the late 19th and 20th centuries that capture the tastes and tempo of Ann Arbor throughout its history. Many of these books were provided for this project by the Washtenaw County Historical Society. The online exhibit also contains two illustrated cookbooks from Hadassah, "Like Mama Used to Make" and "Like Mama Used to Make ... And More." Ann Arbor Cooks will also highlight local growers, local food clubs, classes and many special events for everyday cooks, aspiring chefs and food lovers. "Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters" was recently nominated for a 2007 James Beard Foundation Book Award.

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