Tens of thousands of literature lovers will descend on the University of Arizona Mall March 15 and 16 for the sixth annual Tucson Festival of Books, a smorgasbord of author talks, performing arts and family activities.
Of the festival’s hundreds of events, the Culinary Tent is one of the most popular, featuring local and nationally known cookbook authors dishing about their books and doing cooking demos, with local chefs and culinary specialists acting as assistant chefs.
If you go to one of the 10 presentations planned at the Culinary Tent, arrive early to get a seat.
Here’s the schedule, which is subject to change:
Saturday, March 15
Masters of ceremonies: Lupita Murillo, KVOA NBC and Barbara Fairchild, journalist, consultant and former editor-in-chief, Bon Appétit Magazine
10-11:30 a.m. — Hugo Ortega, author of “Street Food of Mexico,” with Maria Mazon, owner/chef of Boca Tacos y Tequila, and moderator Celestino Fernandez, University of Arizona Distinguished Outreach Fellow.
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. — Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, author of “La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine,” with executive chef Alan Eduardo Mota Tafoya from Azul/Condesa and Azul y Oro in Mexico City and Mario Diaz de Sandy Jr., culinary specialist, Pima Community College; and moderator Felipe Garcia, executive vice president of Visit Tucson.
1-2:30 p.m. — Sandy D’Amato, author of “Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer,” with Janos Wilder, owner/chef, Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails.
2:30-4 p.m. — Jeff Michaud, author of “Eating Italy,” with Massimo Tenino, owner/chef of Tavolino Ristorante Italiano and moderator Barbara Fairchild.
4-5:30 p.m. — Suzanne Goin, author of “the a.o.c. cookbook,” with Virginia “Ginny” Wooters, executive chef of The Abbey, Gio Taco and Poppy; with moderator Donna Nordin, retired owner/chef of Café Terra Cotta and culinary chef of Donna Nordin Cooks.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Masters of ceremonies: Bobby Rich, 94.9MIXfm, director of community partnerships, Tucson Journal Broadcast Group; and David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star cartoonist and columnist.
10-11:30 a.m. — Ryan Clark, author of “Modern Southwest,” with Justin Morrow, Canyon Ranch executive chef, and moderator Manish Shah, manager of St Phillip’s Farmers Market.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Rick Tramonto, author of “Steak With Friends” and “Scars of a Chef,” with Antonio Rodriguez, executive chef of Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, and moderator Barbara Fairchild.
1-2:30 p.m. — Liz Neumark, author of “Sylvia’s Table: Seasonal Recipes From Our Farm to Your Family,” with Kevin Fink, director of operations at Zona 78 and moderator Manish Shah.
2:30-4 p.m. — Jeff Michaud, author of “Eating Italy,” with Massimo Tenino and moderator Vicki Gilbert, owner of Pizzeria Mimosa in Hereford.
4-5 p.m. — Andrew Weil, co-author of “True Food,” with True Food Kitchen Executive Chef Michael Stebner and moderator Michael Luria, executive director of the Children’s Museum Tucson and overseer of the Children’s Vegetable Garden.