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Omnivore - A literary feast is coming to Decatur

The AJC Decatur Book Festival sets up a food lovers showcase with its Food and Cooking Stage

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? Food fanatics, here’s something to digest. Local chefs and culinary exerts from around the US and Georgia will present their latest cookbooks, perform demonstrations, and engage in moderated discussions this Labor day weekend at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, all free and open to the public. ?

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? This year the Food and Cooking Stage presented by Springer Mountain Farms has a position at the heart of the festival (near the corner of Ponce de Leon and Clairemont Avenues). It is part of the Georgia Grown Culinary Village with locally sourced goods and artisan products for perusal. Like the festival, this new food stage is sure to have something for everyone’s taste. ?

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? In a release AJC Decatur Book Festival’s Director, Philip Rafshoon, said of the talent this year
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? For those (and there are many) Atlantans who miss former AJC restaurant critic John Kessler, he moderates “ Eat Your Vegetables” with Hugh Acheson and Steven Satterfield at 10 AM Saturday, September 5. Acheson, chef/owner of Empire State South, The National, 5 & 10, and The Florence presents his book The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits which includes sun stories of being a Canadian in the American South. Satterfield, executive chef and co-owner of Miller Union, presents his book Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons with 175 recipes and vibrant photos by photographer John Kernick. ?? ?
? Dig swine? Stick around for “Of Pigs and Men,” a discussion of our relationship with pigs in and out of the kitchen. Chef/owner Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow and Decatur’s new hotspot, Revival, is presenting his second cookbook, Pure Pork Awesomeness. ?

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? More southern highlights include sessions about fried chicken with Rebecca Lang and her book Fried Chicken: Recipes for the Crispy, Crunchy, Comfort-Food Classic. Cynthia Graubart and Nathalie Dupree discuss Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables. Virginia Willis serves up her new cookbook Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome. ?

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? Other notables share the cooking stage with our locals. Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef, is speaking about Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness. Dora Charles, former chef of Savannah’s Lady and Sons, talks A Real Southern Cook: In Her Savannah Kitchen. Maangchi, who the New York Times calls “the Korean Julia Child,” will help us master some of the tasty dishes on Buford Highway with her book Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook. ?

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? The AJC Decatur Book Festival takes over Historic Decatur Square from Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6. More information can be found at www.decaturbookfestival.com. ?

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