Chicago Cooking Event: Printers Row Book Fair

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The Printers Row Book Fair has become one of our favorite summer events, partially because we can spend hours searching for new and used cookbooks in the stalls. We’re guaranteed to find something unexpected and new.

At some point, we invariably make it over to the Good Eating Stage to check out a cooking demo or two (and snag a sample, of course) or catch a discussion with cookbook authors. We’re excited about this year’s lineup, which features cooking from around the globe. Here are some highlights:


10 a.m. Carlyn Berghoff, whose family has been a force in the Chicago restaurant scene for more than 100 years, will offer a cooking demo. Her book is “The Berghoff Family Restaurant.” If you didn’t get your fill of German food at last weekend’s Mayfest, there’s sure to be more here.

10:30 a.m. Head east as Jeffrey Alford, co-author of “Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China,” takes the stage.

11:30 a.m. Local food bloggers won’t want to miss this session with Carol Smoler, a stylist for “Chicago Cooks,” who will share her secrets of food styling.

Cathy and Tony Mantuano, co-authors of “Wine Bar Food,” will present a cooking demo, followed by a panel discussion on pairing wine with bar food. (We’ll admit – we’re suckers for both.)

3 p.m. The afternoon wraps up with a panel discussion on creating your own family cookbook.


11 a.m. “Smothered Southern Foods” author Wilbert Jones and Edna Stewart from Edna’s restaurant will team up for a cooking demo. They had us at “smothered.”

11:30 a.m.
Custom House Chef de Cuisine Richard Caramota will give a cooking demo. If last week’s episode of Top Chef had you drooling, we think you might like this session – red meat is the main event at this swanky steakhouse.

1 p.m. Internet darlings, James Beard winners and now cookbook authors Isabella and Olivia Gerasole of Spatulatta will make an appearance.

1:30 p.m. Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois, authors of “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” will present a cooking demo. We have five minutes a day – we’re in!

Check out the full list of cooking demos and other events here.

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