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Booked: Jeremy Sewall

Booked: Jeremy Sewall

This Saturday, 12/13, at 6 p.m. at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Boston Chef Jeremy Sewall, the Chef and owner of Brookline’s Lineage restaurant, Island Creek Oyster Bar and the "workingman's oyster bar" Row 34 will be signing his first cookbook. "The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes", co-authored by Erin Byers Murray ("Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm"), is a beautiful volume of Sewall’s contemporary twists on New England classic dishes perfect for serving in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.

I emailed with Chef Sewall about the common misconception that New England cooking is “stodgy” and what it was like balancing work on a cookbook with the demands of the restaurant business.


Booked: Anita Diamant

Tonight, Dec. 9 at 7PM bestselling author and Boston native Anita Diamant will read from and talk about her fifth novel "The Boston Girl" at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street.

It is 1915 in Boston, and American-born Addie Baum is living in a tenement in the North End with her immigrant Mamah and Papa and older sister Celia. Addie’s Mamah—who always insists on talking in Yiddish—favors Celia, a “good girl: modest, obedient” while Addie is “the other one…fifteen years old and still in school. Selfish and lazy; she pretends like she can’t sew.” But Addie loves school, and her passion for learning leads her to The Saturday Club, where working class girls of all ethnicities and religions gather to talk about books, see lectures, and socialize.

Food Beet

New Paris Bakery serves old world charm along with eclairs

Each petit take-away box from Brookline’s New Paris Bakery & Candy Shop reads, ”High as the Eiffel Tower in Quality,” with the declaration fitted just beneath an image of the familiar architectural staple. This may initially seem like hyperbole, but even in my short visit, the New Paris reputation was apparent. One dedicated customer, who the shop’s owner and baker, Roula Kappas, knew by name, came in, bought a large éclair, went to her car, finished it and came back inside a few minutes later to get another. Simply said, there is something undeniably wonderful about them, and I admittedly enjoyed a few myself.


Booked: Jim Vrabel

November 14, 2014: On Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7PM, author Jim Vrabel will be at the Brookine Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., to discuss his new book A People’s History of the New Boston, a collection of accounts of the most influential and passionate grassroots protests that helped shape the new Boston into the city it is today. I emailed with Vrabel to get some insights into Boston’s history of ordinary citizen activism and where we stand now.


Booked: Sarah Wildman

November 11, 2014: On Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7p.m. Sarah Wildman will be at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, to discuss her new book Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind.

One day when author Sarah Wildman was in her early 20s she was visiting her sick grandmother. They were sitting in her late grandfather Karl’s study when Wildman came across an old album in his cabinets. It contained tiny black and white photographs of a dark-haired and handsome young woman Wildman didn’t recognize. In some photos the woman was alone and in others she posed with Wildman’s grandfather. They were signed on the back “Your Valy.” When Wildman asked her American-born grandmother the identity of the mystery woman, her grandmother simply replied, “She was your grandfather’s true love.”

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