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Nourishing Connections: Janet Reich Elsbach & Alana Chernila

23rd May 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join cookbook authors Janet Reich Elsbach & Alana Chernila for a heartfelt conversation about the ritual of home cooking, and how to offer support to friends, family, and community through food.

Alana Chernila

Alana Chernila writes, cooks, teaches cooking and cheesemaking, and blogs at EatingFromTheGroundUp.com. She’s been a featured contributor for numerous publications and websites, including Yankee Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Parents, Culture, TaprootFine Cooking, and Food52.com. She is the author of three books: The Homemade Pantry:101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start MakingThe Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure, which was nominated for an IACP award, and Eating From the Ground Up: Recipes for Simple, Perfect Vegetables. She lives with her husband and daughters in western Massachusetts.

Janet Reich Elsbach

Janet Reich Elsbach writes about how all the numerous things going on in the average life collide with making dinner on her blog A Raisin & a Porpoise. A home cook inspired by seasonal food, the particular cravings of those she loves to feed, and the idea of bringing people together at the table, her book, Extra Helping: Recipes for Caring, Connecting, and Building Community One Dish at a Time, was recently published by Roost.


How do we help when we don’t know what to do? Whether it’s a birth, a death, or any event in between, dinner is the answer. Join cookbook authors Alana Chernila and Janet Elsbach as they discuss the power of cooking for others, and the ways in which the simple act of sharing lovingly-prepared meals can create extraordinary change in our ourselves and our communities.

What’s the best way to visit someone who’s going through a difficult time? How do we get out of our own way and accept the vulnerability of walking into tender situations such as grieving and birth? Janet and Alana will explore these questions and more in this intimate and inspiring evening of conversation, home-cooked light-bites, and community.