Dames Who Read Head South with “The Best Cook in the World,” by Rick Bragg

Dames Who Read are taking another short winter trip to the South with our next book, Rick Bragg’s THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD, Tales from My Momma’s Table

You will enjoy meeting Margaret Bragg, who does not own a single cookbook. She measures in “dabs” and “smidgens” and “tads” and “you know, hon, just some.” She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread –“about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven.” Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. Many of her recipes pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. In this New York Times bestsellerRick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother’s cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else.

We’ll meet for a traditional Southern supper at one of Chicago’s newest restaurants, Ina Mae Tavern, owned by Chef Brian Jupiter. Bring us your stories about what you learned from your momma….or what you wish you had learned! This is a fun event for potential members, so feel free to invite a guest, but sign up quickly, as space is limited.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6 – 8 pm

WHERE: Ina Mae Tavern and Packaged Goods
1415 North Wood St.
Chicago  IL  60622
773 360 8320

COST: $40 per person; includes dinner and one beverage of the restaurant’s choosing. Sign up and purchase tickets here.

Registration closes at noon, Friday Feb. 8. Minimum 10, maximum 20 participants. Hope to see you there!

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