DOWNEY - Russ Parsons, food editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, will speak and sign books at the Downey City Library on April 21 at 7 p.m.Parsons will take part in a live interview and discuss his books, "How to Pick a Peach: the Search for Flavor from Farm to Table" and "How to Read a French Fry: and other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science." In 2008, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage. He has won many food journalism awards, including those from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Association of Food Journalists and the University of Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award. "How to Pick a Peach," which was published in 2007, was named one of the best 100 books of the year by both Publisher's Weekly and Amazon. His articles in "The California Cook" give readers an inside look at food and dining in Los Angeles. "Russ is a respected journalist who combines his love of food and writing," said Jan Palen, senior librarian at the Downey City Library. "He shares great stories about his friendship with Julia Child, as well as his views on organic food, farmers markets and the latest trend in food trucks. "His books are a fascinating blend of food science, produce buying guide and great recipes," Palen continued. "You will get some practical tips on food processes and workable cooking techniques." The public is invited to e-mail questions to be used in the interview to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of Parsons' books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is part of a celebration of National Library Week, April 19-25. To register, call (562) 904-7360, ext. 132.
********** Published: March 26, 2010 - Volume 8 - Issue 49