Join us for a ticketed dinner at Bonnet and Main with cookbook author Anna Francese Gass. Heirloom Kitchen is a glorious cookbook and a celebration of the culinary traditions of immigrant women. Bonnet and Main will prepare two dishes from the book. Tickets include your meal and a copy of Heirloom Kitchen!
Bonnet and Main will prepare from Heirloom Kitchen:
- Gina's Brodo di Mama e Polpete (Meatballs with Tomato Sauce, pp.25-26) with Gina's fresh Tagliatelle (p. 20)
- And for dessert, Morgana's Brigadeiros (Chocolate Bonbons, p 162)
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 her mother’s recipes for generations to come.
In addition to her recipes, Anna’s mother shared stories from her life in Italy that her daughter had never heard before, fascinating tales that whetted Anna’s appetite to learn more. So, Anna began reaching out to her friends whose mothers were also immigrants, and soon she was cooking with dozens of women who were eager to share their unique memories and the foods of their homelands.
In Heirloom Kitchen, Anna brings together the stories and dishes of forty strong, exceptional women, all immigrants to the United States, whose heirloom recipes have helped shape the landscape of American food.
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 and recipe tester at Food52 and contributing writer for msn.com. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children. Follow her on Instagram @annafgass and website www.annasheirloomkitchen.com.
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This wonderful book is far more than a cookbook of delicious recipes. It is a scrapbook and celebration of immigrant women and how THEY make, and have made, America great. Gass traveled around the country cooking with grandmas who came from around the world, so, obviously, these recipes are legit! Everything I have cooked from this book is delicious—from the Spanakopita to the Pastitsio (which she rightly describes as the love child of lasagna Bolognese and Fettucini Alfredo) to the Brodo di mamma e polpette (made, successfully by my 10 year old son). I’m going to work my way through each recipe! — Reviewed by Dafydd Wood