the Magnificent Leaven


September 9th, 7pm

Cambridge, MA

Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College

Culinary Historians of Boston

Ovens on the Edge, a presentation about the archaeology of baking

September 12th, 9 - 11 am

Charlottesville, VA

Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

Monticello Harvest to Hearth Experience

with Paula Marcoux and Dr. Leni Sorensen  • Historic Monticello Kitchen

Sample the flavors of produce from the Monticello grounds, cooked using techniques and recipes dating to the garden’s heyday. Join food historians Paula Marcoux and Dr. Leni Sorensen in the historic Monticello Kitchen as they transform the best of the early September harvest into surprising and delicious dishes that deserve to be restored to American tables. Learn period live-fire methods that you can bring home to your own fireplace or grill, and be inspired to think about next year’s garden in a new — or, better yet, old — way! $55

         cymlins tomatoes okra figs corn apples potato-pumpkin hominy beans eggplant

September 14th, 2 pm

Jamestown, VA

Historic Jamestowne

Jamestown Rediscovery Project

Ovens on the Edge; How the First European Colonists Baked Bread, 1590-1640, a presentation about the archaeology of baking, followed by a walk onto the James’ Fort site to have a look at the remains of a couple ovens in situ!

September 16th, 7 pm

Richmond, VA

Camden’s Dogtown Market

201 W. 7th St., Richmond, VA 23224

Subscription dinner, cool venue, excellent menu:

*Pine Needle Mussels (pg. 34) with Cast Iron Bread (pg. 155) Domaine de Rome Sancere


*Fish Kebabs with Fennel Salad (pg. 68) Louis Latour Chablis


*Roast Pork Loin (pg. 52) with Ash Roasted Veggies (pg. 31) and Salt Roasted Taters (pg. 128) Louis Latour Bourgogne Rouge

*Almond Meringue Cookies (pg. 296) with House-Made Ice Cream Sandeman Rainwater Madiera 

Brought to you by Fountain Bookstore, 1312 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219

This looks like FUN!

September 17th, 7pm

Chapel Hill, NC

Flyleaf Books  752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Culinary Historians of the Piedmont -- NC

Cooking with Fire presentation -- lessons from food history and live fire...

September 18th,

Lorton, VA

Gunston Hall

Cooking with Fire presentation, plus a demo of Hannah Glasse’s fabulous Muffins (Cooking with Fire, p. 117) in their sweet hearth.

September 20th, 2 pm

Tysons Corner, VA

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Pushing the limits with hot pokers. Flip (Cooking with Fire, p. 88), and other fun...

September 26th, 5 - 8 pm

Plymouth, MA

Harlow Old Fort House Flip Fest

119 Sandwich Street


Independent Fermentations Brewing & Dirty Water Distillery

Flip (Cooking with Fire, p. 88) is a rich melange of beer and rum frothed with a hot poker, and served up sizzling. Enjoy a taste of this old New England concoction and other delicious drinks locally brewed and distilled by Plymouth’s own Independent Fermentations Brewery and Dirty Water Distillery. Local food historian and author Paula Marcoux will share her expertise on traditional cookery and offer tasting plates based on recipes from her new book, Cooking with Fire; copies available for signing in the Harlow Gift Shop. Chowders, pies and other homemade treats also available. Tours of the historic Harlow House are included with admission. Cover charge $5.


An afternoon of Cooking with Fire book-signings!

   September 27th, 12 to 1 pm

Fruit Center Marketplace Milton

10 Bassett St
Milton, MA 02186

September 27th, 3 to 4 pm

Fruit Center Marketplace Hingham

79 Water Street
Hingham, MA 02043

Shop for local foods and other delicious treats, and stop and see me!

October 10th, 6:30 pm

Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Brainery

190 Underhill Avenue

Ovens on the Edge; How the First European Colonists Baked Bread, 1590-1640, a presentation about the archaeology of baking.

October 11th, 11am - 2pm

Brooklyn, NY

Washington Park

336 Third Street, bet. 4th/5th Avenues

Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Old Stone House

Hands-on at the hearth: bread in a wood-fired oven, bread in an iron pot, bread on a griddle, bread under ashes...

October 18th, 4 pm

Cohasset, MA


(781) 383-2665

Buttonwood Books

Oktoberfest! Cranberries, beer and fire!

I’ll be doing an outdoor wood-fired demo and signing....

November 6th, 7 pm

Kingston, MA

Kingston Public Library

Cooking with Fire presentation -- lessons from food history...

November 20th, 7pm

Taunton, MA

Old Colony Historical Society

Presentation on Plymouth Succotash!

(Just in time for you to start thinking about celebrating Forefathers’ Day..)

December 6th, 1-3 pm

Middleboro, MA

Trucchi’s Supermarket

Book signing, halfway between my hometown, Rehoboth, and my home of two-an-a-half decades, Plymouth. Come in, stock up for the weekend, and say hi! And remember, there is no more enduring holiday gift than a cookbook.... 

January 23, 2015,

Saratoga Springs, NY

NOFA NY Winter Conference

Earthen Construction for Backyard Cooking Fun

Photo credit for chicken-roasting at Searsport Shores, ME:

Thank you, Sandra van Dusen!