University Ave, Seattle, WA
WEDNESDAY • January 22 • 7:00PM
Growing a Feast (NORTON)
U District store
Reading & Book Signing
In his last book, Vashon Islander Kurt Timmermeister gave us the story of a man turning a plot of land into a dairy farm. In his follow-up, he gives us the story of a meal made entirely from the things that farm provides: butter from the cows, traded onion seedlings from its cheese, foraged mushrooms, thick-skinned tomatoes. It's both a great story and a lesson in how the food we eat comes together
Kurt Timmermeister was born in 1962 in the heart of Seattle, no where near farm country. Anticipating working in foreign service, he graduated from the American College in Paris with a degree in International Affairs. While in Paris he realized his love of food and restaurants far surpassed his affinity for government work and he returned to Seattle to begin a career in food service. A series of restaurant jobs both in the kitchen and dining room gave him the early hubris to open his own café at the age of twenty four. For eighteen years he ran a series of ever larger Café Septiemes while at the same time beginning his education in small scale farming. In 1991 he moved to Vashon Island, buying land that was to eventually become Kurtwood Farms. Kurt now produces fine, farmstead cheeses at the farm from the milk of the Jersey cows: Dinah's Cheese, a traditional Camembert-style, bloomy rind cheese and Francesca's Cheese, an Italian-style hard cheese aged in the newly-dug underground cheese cave. He is also the author of Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land, a memoir and how-to guide to creating and running a small farm, published by W.W. Norton in 2011.
Pre-Order an Autographed Copy</a> Please Note: Autographed copies of books are only available after the event. $24.95