San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Writer and photographer Sarah Platanitis will lead the dialogue with Robert Cox for this closing Easthampton BookFest event. The audience may enjoy a slice of pie from Small Oven Bakery with tea or coffee from Tandem Bagel Company. A cash bar will be open during the event.
Pie has been a delectable centerpiece of Yankee tables since Europeans first landed on New England’s shores in the seventeenth century. With a satisfying variety of savory and sweet, author Robert Cox takes a bite out of the history of pie and pie-making in the region in his new book (2015, from Arcadia Press) New England Pie: History Under a Crust.
A recovering paleontologist, one time molecular biologist, errant poet, and sometime historian and archivist, Rob Cox has worked as Head of Special Collections at UMass Amherst. In a checkered career before arriving in Amherst in 2004, Cox held positions at the University of Michigan (where he received his PhD in history) and the American Philosophical Society, getting infected along the way with an interest in the histories of religion and science. He has written on topics ranging from talking to the dead in the nineteenth century to the plants of the Lewis and Clark expedition and Quaker relations with the Seneca nation in the 1790s. His most recent work includes a trilogy of books on New England culinary history and, quite separately, the history of sleep.
Sarah Platanitis spends her days telling the stories of people who like to spend their time in kitchens and around the things we eat. She's the multimedia journalist behind the Women & Food Project and serves as an Entertainment Producer/Food editor for MassLive. Sarah has collaborated with people from all aspects of the culinary world, as well as developed content for brands like Calphalon, California Figs, In The Raw Professional, Jarlsberg, Land O’Lakes Cheese, Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery and Williams-Sonoma, She's the author of the cooking blog, Sarah in the Kitchen (sarahinthekitchen.com) and is really allergic to peaches.
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