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'Three Many Cooks' Extols Virtues Of Food, Relationships In Wilton Talk

Acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio will present an author talk May 7 at the Wilton Library.
Acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio will present an author talk May 7 at the Wilton Library. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – Acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio will present an author talk, “Three Many Cooks, One Mom, Two Daughters & Three Kitchens” from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room.

The relationship that exists between food and family is a powerful one. Anderson and her daughters, the women behind the popular blog Three Many Cooks, know this. In their first collaborative book, “Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family,” they offer compelling reflections in alternating voices — everything from falling in love to striking out on one’s own — with a handful of well-loved recipes for a funny, candid and heartfelt narrative.

This book originally was conceived as a cookbook, a collection of recipes the three women made throughout their lives. As the trio flipped through and jotted down well-worn recipes of buttermilk pancakes, hearty one-pot meals and decadent desserts, they realized this collection wasn’t just about the food — it was the stories behind the cups and tablespoons, the memories folded in between the method, that were as much a part of every recipe as the eggs, salt and ingredients.

The book evolved into a narrative filled with remembrances and observations of both the mother-daughter-sister highs and lows, the kitchen disasters and culinary triumphs, the bitter fights and lasting love between husbands, wives and children. The selection of treasured recipes accompanying each of the essays in “Three Many Cooks” demonstrate how pumpkin-walnut scones end sisterly feuds, how empanadas can be the fuel that kindles a burgeoning romance and how a hearty pasta salad can remind us that being thrifty celebrates sufficiency, instead of lack.

A New York Times-bestselling author of seven cookbooks, Anderson is AARP’s official food expert and a Runner’s World contributing columnist. She is the former executive editor at Cook’s Illustrated. She and her two daughters, Keet and Damelio, are the voices behind the Three Many Cooks blog, which is featured in several national publications, including Woman’s Day and Redbook. Anderson lives in Connecticut with her husband.

Keet graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English literature and sociology. She graduated with a master’s degree in globalization and international development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. After living in Malawi and building a maternity clinic, she moved with her husband to New York City, where she now works fundraising for Haiti.

Damelio graduated from Williams College with a degree in English and classics, and worked for two years at Fine Cooking magazine as assistant web editor. She recently graduated from Yale Divinity School with a master of divinity and now works at a nonprofit in Atlanta that provides programs and services to homeless individuals.

A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the talk. The presentation is free, but registration is highly recommended. Click here to register or call (203) 762-3950, ext. 213.

The Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road.

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