Virtual Author Talk: Holiday Food Forecast with Zoe Adjonyoh & Vallery Lomas
Live on Zoom
We are thrilled to host Zoe Adjonyoh & Vallery Lomas in conversation on their new books, Zoe's Ghana Kitchen & Life Is What You Bake It. Join us as Zoe & Vallery get ready for the holiday season and discuss food, family, traditions & Black joy!
How this works: This event will be broadcast live on Zoom. Registering will provide you with a unique access link in an email. At the event time, click that link to watch the talk. During the event, feel free to ask questions using the Q/A or chat feature.
About the Authors
Zoe Adjonyoh is a writer, chef, and food justice activist on a mission to bring African food to the masses. As a mixed-race, queer woman born to a Ghanaian father and Irish mother who works at the intersections of food, culture, identity, and politics, she is driven to create change in the food landscape. Through her online single-origin spice shop, teaching, and cooking, Zoe seeks to inspire African food entrepreneurs, cooks, and chefs from the continent and the diaspora. Zoe also founded the platform Black Book for Black and non-white people working within hospitality and food media. Join her as she dismantles, disrupts, and decolonizes the food industry while supporting marginalized communities and building a more equitable food system.
Vallery Lomas is lawyer-turned-baker who won the unaired season of The Great American Baking Show in 2015. Shortly afterwards, she left her job as an attorney to pursue a full-time career in food media. She's a frequent contributor to New York Times Cooking and has her own Food Network Digital Show "Vallery Bakes Your Questions." She's been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, People, The Chew, Food & Wine, Hallmark Channel, and more, and this month she released her debut cookbook, Life Is What You Bake It.
About Zoe's Ghana Kitchen
First published to widespread acclaim in the United Kingdom, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen began as a pop-up restaurant in London. Now, in Adjonyoh’s American debut, ZOE'S GHANA KITCHEN: An Introduction to New African Cuisine – From Ghana With Love (on sale 10/19/21), the celebrated cook and writer shares classic dishes and her modern remixes of Ghanaian flavors—revised and updated for the American kitchen. The recipes capture the innate flexibility of Ghana’s naturally healthy cooking and the accompanying essays tell the evocative story of how Zoe has used these tastes and food traditions to navigate her own identity.
About Life Is What You Bake It
The winner of The Great American Baking Show shares her story of personal growth and more than 100 delicious recipes. Popular baking personality and lawyer turned baker Vallery Lomas was ecstatic when she learned she won the third season of The Great American Baking Show. However, her win was never seen by the world—Vallery’s season was pulled after just a few episodes when one of the judges became a focal point in a Me Too accusation. Rather than throwing in her whisk and lamenting all of the missed opportunities she hoped to receive (Book deal! Product endorsements! TV show!), she held her head high and hustled—which resulted in her getting press coverage everywhere from CNN to People magazine. Now, Vallery debuts her first baking book. With 100 recipes for everything from Apple Cider Fritters to Lemon-Honey Madeleines and Crawfish Hand Pies to her Grandma’s Million Dollar Cake. Vallery shares heirloom family recipes from her native Louisiana, time spent in Paris, The Great American Baking Show, and of course sweets and breads inspired by her adopted hometown, New York City. Vallery’s “when life gives you lemons, make lemon curd” philosophy will empower legions of bakers and fans to find their inner warrior and bake their best life.
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