Owner of Book Larder, a community cookbook store in Seattle, Washington.
Lara opened Book Larder in 2011 in hopes that it would become a gathering place for lovers of food and cooking in our city. Besides selling cookbooks from the US and UK, BookLarder has an in-store kitchen, to offer cooking classes, book discussions, bake offs, and author talks with some of the brightest minds writing about cooking today.
September 11th, 2019 | 33 mins 12 secs
This episode we welcome Maggie Battista into our kitchen for her new cookbook, A New Way to Food. Food writer and founder of Eat Boutique, Maggie chats with local food writer Aran Goyoaga about learning to live in the present, her past relationship with food and some insights into a new way to savor food. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of A New Way to Food here.
September 4th, 2019 | 41 mins 59 secs
This episode Lara interviews Felicity Cloake at the British Library about her new memoir, One More Croissant for the Road. Felicity dicusses her travels through France to find the perfect versions of classic dishes, the unglamorous side of biking a countryside, and her thoughts on food culture at large. Enjoy this interview and purchase your copy of One More Croissant for the Road here. (This is a UK import)
August 28th, 2019 | 29 mins
This episode we welcome Christina Lane into our kitchen for her cookbook, Dinner Just for Two. Christina blogs at Dessert for Two where she specializes in small batch recipes. She describes how she got her start, her past as a farmer and her hopes for the future. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Dinner Just for Two here.
August 22nd, 2019 | 27 mins 48 secs
This bonus episode we welcome Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan into our kitchen to discuss her first cookbook, Just Peachy. She shares about her lifelong love affair with peaches, her journey to publication and being a "non-traditional" culinary student. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Just Peachy here.
August 21st, 2019 | 27 mins 35 secs
This episode we welcome Bren Smith into our kitchen for his memoir, Eat Like a Fish. A former commercial fisherman, Bren chats with local food writer Sara Dickerman about his story, experience and his current efforts to aid ocean restoration. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Eat Like a Fish here.
August 18th, 2019 | 30 mins 11 secs
This episode we welcome Maria Zizka into our kitchen to discuss couple cooking strategies from her book, The Newlywed Table. She shares how her husband encouraged her to follow her passion for food, a few kitchen disaster stories and how to fix common cooking mistakes. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of The Newlywed Table here.
August 14th, 2019 | 41 mins 31 secs
This episode we welcome Katie Parla into our kitchen for her latest cookbook, Food of the Italian South. Based in Rome, Katie is a food writer and extremely learned in Italian food and beverage with numerous writings under her belt. Our Culinary Director, Amanda Coba, interviews her about her unique education background, her love for Italy and tips for what to eat where. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Food of the Italian South here.
August 7th, 2019 | 40 mins 9 secs
This episode we welcome Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich into our kitchen for their latest cookbook, Honey & Co. at Home. Chefs and spouses, Sarit and Itamar own the Honey & Co group of restaurants, a huge staff favorite. Lara interviews them about how they got their start, Honey & Co's success and what inspired this latest book. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Honey & Co at Home here.
July 31st, 2019 | 39 mins 23 secs
This episode we welcome Naz Deravian into our kitchen for her first cookbook, Bottom of the Pot. Born in Iran, Naz is a blogger, actor and writer now based in Los Angeles. During her talk she discusses her long love affair with food, the right way to eat herbs with Iranian food and also reads a lovely passage from the book. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Bottom of the Pot here.
July 24th, 2019 | 26 mins 47 secs
This episode we welcome Elizabeth Minchilli into our kitchen to discuss her cookbook, The Italian Table. A former academic, Elizabeth now leads food tours throughout Italy, blogs and wrote the app, Eat Italy. The Italian Table showcases typical and delicious Italian menus to help you visit Italy from your own kitchen. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of The Italian Table here.
July 17th, 2019 | 30 mins 2 secs
This episode we welcome Marisa McClellan back into our kitchen for her latest cookbook, The Food in Jars Kitchen. Marisa is a food writer, canning teacher and blogger at Food in Jars. During her talk she demos a recipe while providing canning insights along with numerous tips and tricks for home canners. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of The Food in Jars Kitchen here.
July 10th, 2019 | 47 mins 12 secs
This episode we welcome Hetty McKinnon into our kitchen to discuss her latest cookbook, Family. Hetty created Arthur Street Kitchen in 2011 in her Sydney, Australia home to make and serve salads to her community. That endeavor led to her trio of cookbooks, a food journal and eventually to an event space in Brooklyn, New York. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Family here.
July 3rd, 2019 | 27 mins 8 secs
This episode we welcome Eric Silverstein into our kitchen to discuss his first cookbook, The Peached Tortilla. A former lawyer, Eric is now a chef and the founder of The Peached Tortilla, which has grown from food truck to a restaurant and catering business in Austin, TX. He talks about his childhood love of food, marrying Southern and Asian cuisines and even shares some business insights. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of The Peached Tortilla here.
June 26th, 2019 | 36 mins 56 secs
This episode we welcome Andy Ricker into our kitchen to discuss his latest cookbook, Pok Pok Noodles. The chef/owner of Pok Pok Restaurants, Andy shares his passion for learning about Thailand and its food as he takes us behind the curtain of the restaurant world, food TV and alternate career paths. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Pok Pok Noodles here.
June 19th, 2019 | 35 mins 1 sec
This episode we welcome Christiaan Röllich into our kitchen to discuss his first book, Bar Chef. Head bartender for The Lucques Group in Los Angeles, Christiaan shares his story while demonstrating his take on a Negroni, just in time for Negroni Week. He tells us about his past in the the circus, how to include greens into cocktails, some advice on naming drinks and much more. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of Bar Chef here.
June 12th, 2019 | 39 mins 34 secs
This episode we welcome Mickey Trescott into our kitchen to discuss her newest cookbook, The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. A chef and certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Mickey shares her personal story and the impact of the Autoimmune Protocol on her life. She explains the concept of nutrient density and how to put it into practice with tips and advice. Enjoy this talk and purchase your copy of The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen here.