In Person: Melissa Thomson, Motherland
Dec 8, 2022
06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
We're thrilled to welcome acclaimed food writer and chef Melissa Thompson to Book Larder to celebrate her new book, Motherland: A Jamaican Cookbook. This beautiful cookbook features in-depth research into the evolution of Jamaica’s food. It charts the contribution of indigenous Jamaicans, the Taino. It follows the impact of colonization, and how the periods under Spanish and British rule left an indelible mark on the nation’s gastronomy, without shying away from their brutality: Eyewitness accounts describe the barbarity of the colonial powers. And it recounts how enslaved men and women from West and Central Africa brought inspiration from home and familiar cooking techniques to create legacy dishes that are still celebrated today. The contribution of Indian and Chinese indentured workers is also examined. These stories are woven into the recipes, so the reader is invested in the dishes they cook.
You'll have two options for joining us: Book Included, or Author Talk Only. Melissa will sign your books after the talk.
Because Book Larder is a small space and we keep the door closed during author talks, a well-fitted face mask must be worn by all event guests. Thank you!
Reservations are non-refundable, and can include a signed copy of the $35 book. Can't attend but still want a signed copy? Order here for shipping or in-store pickup.
Tags: Author Talk, In Store Author Talk, jamaican