It's an incredible honor to welcome Diana Kennedy, esteemed cookbook author and culinary historian to Soif for an evening of celebrating the recent re-issue of Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul Satisfying Food.
Originally published in 1984, in this revision Kennedy has added recipes, revised old ones, reworked sections and added more, including itemized lists of things she loves - good butter, a perfect croissant, lard, and Seville orange marmalade, and things she vehemently dislikes - kosher salt, fat-free dairy products, and GMOs among them.
The culminating work of an illustrious career and, at 93, likely her last book, Nothing Fancy is about as close as Kennedy will come to writing a memoir. It chronicles her life in Mexico, where she has lived for decades, and includes family recipes from Britain and collected recipes from her travels around the globe. It is an incredible opportunity for everyone to spend time in the kitchen with the one and only Diana Kennedy, listening to the stories she has collected and making the food she has loved over a long lifetime of cooking.
Diana will be here at Soif on Tuesday, November 15th for a book signing and dinner inspired by her great work. The evening will begin with a reception and book signing at 6pm, followed by a four-course dinner expertly prepared by the Soif kitchen.
We will be serving:
Rustic pressed pork terrine ~ pickled mustard seeds, crimson apple butter
Local abalone 'a la Grenobloise' ~ coastal cauliflower, caper, lemon, frisée
Sonoma duck breast ~ sweet potato puree, glazed cipolini, burnt orange, exotic spiced jus
Dark chocolate-pear torte ~ Cava poached pears, toasted hazelnut crème anglaise
Tickets are $150 per person and include a copy of Nothing Fancy. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Diana Kennedy Center, a foundation committed to the preservation of Mexico’s cuisines and biodiversity.
Reservations can be made through opentable or by calling us directly at Soif at 831-423-2020.