Please join us for an evening with Anna Francese Gass, professional chef and author of Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories From the Tables of Immigrant Women. Three Michigan immigrant women who contributed recipes to Anna's cookbook, along with Anna, will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Mohammed Khalil, professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Michigan State University. There will be food for attendees to sample, time for the audience to ask questions of the panel, and book sales and signing.
Born in Italy, Anna Francese Gass came to the United States as a young child and grew up eating her mother’s Italian cooking. But when this professional cook realized she did not know how to make her family’s beloved meatballs—a recipe that existed only in her mother’s memory—Anna embarked on a project to record and preserve not only her mother’s recipes, but the recipes of several immigrant women, for generations to come.
In HEIRLOOM KITCHEN, Anna shares the stories and recipes of 45 strong, exceptional women who immigrated to the United States, and whose family recipes helped shape the landscape of American food. Organized by region, readers will enjoy Magda's meltingly delicious Pork Adobo from the Philippines; soak in the warmth of Shari's Fesenjoon, an Iranian walnut and pomegranate stew; learn to deftly seal pleat-perfect Northern Chinese dumplings with Tina; and yes, sink their teeth into Anna's mother's perfectly seasoned Calabrian Meatballs from Southern Italy. Along with these recipes are stories: recollections of a journey to America, of hardship and happiness, and of many nights by the stove using food as a comfort and a respite in a new land, a culinary tether to their cultural identities.
Anna Francese Gass is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute. After a stint in corporate sales, she traded the boardroom for the test kitchen, and has since worked for Whole Foods, Mad Hungry, and Martha Stewart Living Ominmedia. Currently, she is a regular contributing editor at Food52 and contributing writer for msn.com. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.