Cooking Simply: Online Presentation From Two Cookbook Authors Thursday Night

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore are presenting an online program that simplifies the art of cooking.

Founding editor of New York Times Cooking Sam Sifton and cookbook author Dawn Perry will discuss their latest cookbooks: The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes and Ready, Set, Cook. Learn how to cook intuitively and confidently, whether you are serving up a regular weekday meal or a holiday feast.

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This event is co-sponsored by Barrett Bookstore. If you would like to add to your cookbook collection, please visit their website.

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This virtual event will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

Register here on Darien Library’s website.

This event will take place on Zoom. You will receive an email confirming your registration with a link to join the webinar after you register.

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About Sam Sifton

Sam Sifton Photo © Brendan Mccarthy

Photo © Brendan Mccarthy

Sam Sifton, founding editor of NYT Cooking, an award-winning digital cookbook and cooking school.

Sam Sifton is an assistant managing editor of The New York Times, overseeing culture and lifestyle coverage; an “Eat” columnist for The New York Times Magazine; and the founding editor of NYT Cooking, an award-winning digital cookbook and cooking school.

Formerly the newspaper’s national news editor, culture editor, and chief restaurant critic, he is also the author of Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well and See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends.

About The NYT Cooking No-Recipe Recipes

Now NYT Cooking is making it truly easy for all home cooks to build their intuitive cooking confidence with The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes, a stylish, compact handbook of more than 100 no-recipe-required meals, each photographed and described beautifully and laid out with minimal suggestions of ingredients and approximate amounts, like a “glug” and a “fistful.” Welcome home to freestyle, relaxed cooking that is absolutely yours.

About Dawn Perry

Dawn Perry

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Dawn Perry and associates in the kitchen

Dawn Perry is a writer and cookbook author. Most recently, she served as the food director for Real Simple. She has also worked in the test kitchens of Everyday Food, Bon Appétit, and the meal kit delivery service Martha & Marley Spoon.

Dawn is the author of Short Stack Editions’ Cucumbers. Her recipes and writing have also been featured on Epicurious, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and The New York Times, among other publications.

Inspired by the cookie recipe on page 298, she recently started Superkind Cookies, a premium cookie company, now shipping treats nationwide. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.

About Ready, Set, Cook

With Ready, Set, Cook, Perry offers her very own playbook for getting good food on the table fast so you can spend your free time doing more of what you love, without having to worry about preparing your next meal (whether you’re cooking for one, or for a family of five).

Perry shares her secrets for creating delicious meals in no time, and it starts with a well-stocked pantry.

Whether you’re just getting comfortable in the kitchen, or are a seasoned cook looking for new tips and tricks, Ready, Set, Cook, is an accessible toolbox that takes the stress out of cooking for everyone (and teaches you how to make meals taste like you worked much harder and much longer on them than you actually did). Are you ready? Get set. Let’s cook!

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