Cookbook Author Dorie Greenspan To Dish At Mark Twain House

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Mark Twain loved — and wrote about — food, feasting and entertaining so Dorie Greenspan should feel right at home at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.

Multiple James Beard Award-winner Dorie Greenspan will be telling secrets of the cookbook trade and share other tasty tips about food writing and cooking as part of “A Little Harmless Fun” series on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford. 

Greenspan will be in conversation with arts and culture writer Frank Rizzo in continuation of the casual weeknight series which has previously featured Broadway producer Sue Frost and noted animal trainer and behaviorist Bill Berloni. 

Tickets are $10.

Greenspan will also share stories of exploring new tastes in Paris, discovering yet another new chocolate chip cookie recipe and working with Julia Child in her Cambridge home during the summer of 1995 when she was co-authoring the “Baking with Julia” book and filming the “Baking with Julia”  PBS series.

Greenspan’s latest best-selling cookbook is “Everyday Dorie” which is about delicious and easy-to-prepare meals. 

“You don’t need special gear to cook from my new book,” she says. “You don’t need fancy skills.  And you don’t need to live next door to a specialty shop.  This is food you can make with supermarket ingredients you’ve got in your pantry and fridge, in pots and pans you’ve got in your cupboards.”

Greenspan’s previous cookbook was “Dorie’s Cookies,” the definitive book on all things in the cookie universe.

Greenspan, who writes a monthly column on desserts for The New York Times, also the recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year Awards for “Desserts by Pierre Hermé,” “Around My French Table” and “Dorie's Cookies.” She has also been listed on the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

Greenspan, who lives in Westbrook, New York and France, is also the author of many cookbooks written solo as well as co-authoring with Julia Child and Pierre Hereme. 

Among the cookbooks are: “Sweet Times: Simple Desserts for Every Occasion,” “Baking with Julia: Savor the Joys of Baking with America's Best Bakers,” “Pancakes: From Morning to Midnight,” “Waffles from Morning to Midnight,” “Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud Cookbook: French-American Recipes for the Home Cook,” “Baking: From My Home to Yours,” “Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere” and  “Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City's Best Pastry Shops.”

Rizzo has covered the arts scene in Connecticut for more than 40 years. Rizzo also did a series of talks about the musical “Hamilton” in advance of its run at The Bushnell last fall.