Dinner with Slow Food Japan Leader and Author Nancy Hachisu

SACRAMENTO COOKBOOK SERIES CONTINUES

Sacramento, CA (April 3, 2013) – Following the success of the first Tasty Books cookbook event, the second will be held April 23 at Mulvaney’s B&L Next Door. The guest of honor is IACP award–nominated author Nancy Singleton Hachisu, whose book, Japanese Farm Food, was released in 2012 by Andrews McMeel and has already gone into the fifth printing. Hachisu lives with her Japanese husband on an organic farm two hours outside of Tokyo.

This event pairs the cookbook with a prix-fixe dinner, allowing attendees to sample what they might eventually cook at home from the beautifully photographed, easy accessible recipes. The meal, prepared by Chef Patrick Mulvaney, will include passed appetizers and a four-course family-style dinner based on the book.

The series is organized by Ann Martin Rolke, a Sacramento-based food writer, cookbook author, and editor. “With a long history of Japanese-American farmers in the Central Valley, Sacramento is the ideal location for an event focused on Japanese farm food,” said Rolke.

Ingredients for the dinner will be sourced not only from local farms, but from local producers such as Massa Organics in Chico. Oakland’s Kitazawa Seed Company, specializing in Japanese produce, will provide copies of their latest catalog and sample seed packets for attendees.

Tasty Books will host quarterly author dinners with Mulvaney’s in addition to other talks and events throughout the area. Tickets for the Japanese Farm Food event are available through Eventbrite at tastybooks2.eventbrite.com for $75 per person/$115 per couple (beginning 4/4/13). All ticket buyers will receive a signed copy of the $35 cookbook in addition to dinner.

“This series provides another example of how many regional organizations and individuals are involved in Sacramento’s culinary scene,” said Mike Testa, senior vice president for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Farm-to-Fork movement and identity for this community continues to gain momentum and events like this add to the critical mass that continues to build.”

To receive notices about future Tasty Books events, or to suggest cookbooks to feature, “like” Tasty Books on Facebook or contact Ann Martin Rolke, 916-443-4739 or annrolke@yahoo.com.

For more information about Japanese Farm Food and Nancy Hachisu, visit www.japanesefarmfood.com and read the New York Times review of the book.

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