Cookbook Authors Come to Olamaie, Josephine House

Combine your love of making and eating food

If you love cookbooks, this is the week for you. Not only is the Texas Book Festival coming to Austin this weekend, but the calendar is packed with special events from authors both appearing at the cooking tent and not. Events featuring Marcus Samuelsson and Hank Shaw have already sold out, but there’s still a couple of opportunities to get your cookbook on.

Olamaie (Photo by John Anderson)

Local restaurant Olamaie and its Executive Chef Michael Fojtasek, is teaming up with James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen to produce a book dinner on Monday, Nov. 7, that celebrates the release of Christensen’s cookbook and will also benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. This event will combine the tastes of Olamaie’s southern fare and Christensen’s popular Poole’s Diner recipes. The event takes place at Olamaie, 1610 San Antonio St., and will start at 5:30 where guests can mingle with the chefs and enjoy some cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. At 6:30 guests will be seated and will be served a three-course dinner and a signed copy of Christensen’s book, Poole’s: Recipes and Stories From a Modern Diner. Limited tickets for the event are available on Olamaie’s website and cost $125 per person.

Chicago based chefs Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo, co-owners of Chicago’s restaurant Fat Rice, come to Austin this weekend to share their new book The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes From Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau. On Friday, Nov. 4, BookPeople, located on 603 N. Lamar, will be hosting them for a talk and signing which will begin at 7pm and is free and open to the public.

Josephine House (Photo by John Anderson)

On Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6pm, the chefs have also collaborated with the restaurant Josephine House to provide a five-course meal paired with wine. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. But hurry! Only a few tickets are left, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on this unique dinner featuring a combination of Chinese, Portuguese, Malaysian, and Indian flavors. Tickets are priced at $55 per person and can be found on their website.

On the following day, Monday, Nov. 7, the chefs will be at Métier Cook's Supply on, 1805 S. First, from 4-6pm, where they will be signing copies of their book while guest sip complimentary kimchiladas and other refreshments.

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