The culinary arts at the National Book Festival
Chef John Moeller will be in good company at this years National Book Festival.
August 22 10-10:45 Adrian Miller is a lawyer and politico-turned-foodie. In his first book, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time,” Miller explores the historical context of soul food and its meaning in African American culture, and he provides both traditional and contemporary ways to prepare soul food dishes. “Soul Food” has received many honors, among them the 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s 2013 Honor Book for Nonfiction. Signing at 11.
10:55-11:40 John Moeller served in the White House as sous-chef and then as White House chef, preparing meals for presidents, first families and guests during the administrations of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In “Dining at the White House: From the President’s Table to Yours,” Moeller shares his most memorable moments while cooking for first families and provides more than 100 recipes. Signing at noon. 11:50-12:35 Author, educator and culinary consultant Amy Riolo teaches that cuisine, culture and history go hand-in-hand. Her book “Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture” puts its 25 menus and 150 recipes in historical context. It won the World Gourmand Award for Best Arab Cuisine Book. Her most recent book is “The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook.” Signing at 1.
12:45-1:30 Husband-and-wife cooking team Laura and Peter Zeranski have focused on the art of Polish cuisine for almost 40 years. In “Polish Classic Desserts,” they offer another addition to their Classic Recipes series, with recipes for Poland’s sweetest treats: mazurkas, babas, pastries, pudding treats and other classics. Signing at 2.
1:40-2:25 Chef, cookbook author and philanthropist Daniel W. Thomas has catered events for politicians and celebrities, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the inaugural brunch for President Obama. He is also regional executive chef for the American Diabetes Association and the author of “Healthy Eating: Recipes for a New You! Healthy Eating at Its Best!” Signing at 3:30.
2:35-3:20 A native of Dublin, four-star chef Cathal Armstrong learned about food and cooking throughout Europe before bringing his skills to the United States. In addition to owning several restaurants, including Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Va., Armstrong is a leader in the sustainable-food movement. His first cookbook, “My Irish Table,” includes 130 “recipes from the homeland and Restaurant Eve” and also highlights his journey from Dublin to Washington. Signing at 4.
3:30-4:15 Sheilah Kaufman is the author-editor of 26 cookbooks, a culinary lecturer and a cooking instructor who promotes easy and elegant cooking. In “The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories,” Kaufman teams up with Nur Ilkin to provide a collection of recipes with flavors and cuisine influenced by Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian and other ancient cultures. Signing at 4:45.
4:25-5:10 Washington resident Carla Hall was voted fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” She is co-host of ABC’s lifestyle series “The Chew,” where she shares her love of cooking comfort food, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. “Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You” features more than 100 recipes that highlight her modern twists on food classics such as chicken pot pie and five-flavor pound cake. Signing at 2:30.