June 21st: Cooking Demo & Book Signing with Poppy Tooker


Poppy Tooker. Photo courtesy www.poppytooker.com. 


Poppy Tooker. Photo courtesy http://www.poppytooker.com.

Poppy Tooker, author of the new Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook will be selling books and cooking gumbo at the Taylor Shellfish booth at Ballard Farmers Market June 21st from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. Poppy will prepare her gumbo (which beat Food Network’s Bobby Flay in a Gumbo Throwdown) with a distinctly local, Seattle touch. Inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina, Diaspora Gumbo is a recipe for re-creating New Orleans’ favorite dish – no matter where a hurricane evacuee may seek refuge in a storm!

Poppy Tooker with Bobby Flay on the Food Network's gumbo challenge. Photo courtesy /www.poppytooker.com

Poppy Tooker with Bobby Flay on the Food Network's Gumbo Throwdown. Photo courtesy http://www.poppytooker.com

Local food preservationist and Slow Foods New Orleans founder Poppy Tooker tells the story of the Crescent City Farmers Market through recipes, anecdotes, and profiles of market vendors. Recipes are selected from local chefs, vendors and shoppers with a focus on local ingredients. The Foreword is by Alice Waters, executive chef and owner of Chez Panisse, author and farmers market advocate.

Poppy Tooker is a culinary activist who has worked tirelessly to promote and preserve the historic food ways of New Orleans. With her motto “Eat It To Save It” she has helped to revive endangered foods across the U.S. and abroad in collaboration with Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Poppy’s on-camera flair has made her a sought after guest on the Food Network, the History Channel and in multiple PBS documentaries. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

While she has received many accolades (The Times-Picayune named her a Hero of the Storm) and is a sought after speaker and writer, Poppy Tooker may be best known for beating TV Food Network Star Bobby Flay in a Seafood Gumbo Throwdown.  He didn’t stand a chance.  She’ll be glad to tell why she loves this cookbook – it uniquely gives our farmers and fishers a voice.  She tells their story.  It’s filled with grassroots goodness.  Get a preview of the book here: http://www.youtube.com/marketumbrella.

The cookbook is also available at the Secret Garden at 2214 NW Market Street in Ballard. Proceeds from the book support marketumbrella.org. The Crescent City Farmers Market is the public face of marketumbrella.org, a 501(c)3 organization whose core mission is to cultivate the field of markets for public good.

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