Dec 16 2018

Book Signing with Janet Elsbach | Benefit for People’s Place

  • 1:00pm
  • 37b north front street, kingston, ny 12401


Join us from 1pm to 3pm for a meet & greet with Janet Elsbach, author of Extra Helping | Recipes for Caring, Connecting & Building Community One Dish at a Time.  Janet will be signing copies of her wonderfully thoughtful written work, and sharing her recipes for How Cordial from ‘Chapter 5, Food for Cheer, Distraction, and Celebration’ and Pumpkin Bread Pudding from ‘Chapter 7, Food for a Crowd’.  With a foreward written by Julia Turshen noting that Janet “understands that cooking is not just a way to support people who are doing important work, it’s also an act of love,” Janet would be thoroughly pleased if folks came prepared to share their “tales from the trenches of cooking for others and being cooked for.” For those that honor cooking as an act of love, this should be an excellent afternoon.  We’ll be donating 10% of all store sales during the event to the People’s Place and hope to have you with us.

Show up, be kind, and cook!  There is no more essential way to show up for people than on the plate. Extra Helping is for anyone who wants to respond to the challenge of baby announcements, PTO meal chains, and CaringBridge alerts with compassion and creativity; who wants to send something to a niece overcome by finals week or a neighbor who is grieving; who wants to rise above their default setting; and whose limits of time and other resources leave them feeling more confused than inspired. With recipes tailored to meet many of the dietary modifications that illness and recovery (not to mention modern life) often entail, as well as suggestions that range from mailing a kick-ass care package to bringing over a full, hot meal, Extra Helping frames a philosophy of support, a personal identity of tending, a creative and unique-to-you style of saying, “I am here for you”–one delivery at a time.

In eight chapters, Extra Helping walks the helpful friend through cooking for people who are dealing with illness, recovery, and loss–or celebrating babies, birthdays, and new homes. Personal stories from the front lines of care, shortcuts for the time-strapped, and sidebars full of tips and embellishments round out the 70+ recipes, aiding readers in developing a style of caregiving all their own.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will support Feeding America and their efforts to combat hunger.

Connect with Janet at a Raisin + a Porpoise.