Author to be Featured during Ice Cream Social at U of M, Crookston on Wed., Aug. 17, 2011; "Cooking Up the Good Life" Highlights Recipes Based on Local Foods

Minnesota author, Susan Thurston, will be at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Cooking-Up-the-Good-Life-Breen-Jenny-9780816675661.jpgWednesday, August 17, 2011, during the Ox Cart Days Ice Cream Social. She will highlight her book Cooking Up the Good Life, a cookbook she co-authored with Jenny Breen. Thurston will begin at 3 p.m. with a short talk about the book at the Peterson Gazebo on the Campus Mall, followed by a recipe demonstration and book signing at the Bookstore. All activities are free and open to the public.

Written with both beginner and experienced cooks in mind, each section in Cooking Up the Good Life is organized by season to help bring your daily meals into harmony with local harvests. Recipes also include imaginative "Family Kitchen" segments that suggest safe, fun ways to get kids involved. Featuring refreshingly simple, creative, and unfussy recipes, Cooking Up the Good Life's relaxed and encouraging style helps you cook with ease and serve with confidence wholesome dishes that highlight the natural beauty and elegance of Midwestern seasonal ingredients.

Susan Thurston lives and writes in St. Paul with her family, including a son Samuel and daughter Madeleine. Her work ranges from journalism to poetry and has appeared in the StarTribune, Minnesota Monthly, Garrison's Keillor's Writer's Almanac, and in the anthology Low Down and Coming On (Red Dragonfly Press 2011). She has spent most of her professional life creating programs for life-long learning and is the manager of adult education at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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