Batali Chats & Signs Cookbooks in Traverse City on Black Friday 2014

You may have missed this Mario Batali event, but you can still try Mario’s recipes at home! Or get his cookbook, America: Farm to Table on

Join Mario Batali, celebrity chef, restaurateur and part-time Leelanau County resident, as he broadcasts live on the Omelette & Friends morning show on WKLT, from the Café of Horizon Books, in downtown Traverse City, on Friday, November 28 from 8–11 a.m. Horizon Bookstore guests get to be the live studio audience as Mario does a brief talk show and signs books.

Copies of Mario Batali’s new cookbook, America: Farm to Table—which includes brief profiles of some northern Michigan farmers—will be available for purchase, including signed copies.

Mario Batali, who knows how important quality ingredients are to any amazing dish, sees farmers as the rock stars of the food world. In this new book he and journalist Jim Webster celebrate American farmers, their high quality products and their culture defined by hard work, integrity and pride.

“This book is a loose itinerary, or road map, that will hopefully lead you to develop relationships with local farmers, but also to enjoy the improvisational style of cooking that will elevate the flavor of the dishes you create when you buy products from a farm or at a farmers’ market and bring them directly to your table,” says Mario Batali on the book cover.

Mario Batali asked his chef friends from Nashville, Tennessee, to San Francisco to tell him who their favorite farmers are, and those farmers graciously shared their personal stories along with their top-of-the-line produce and products. In Northern Michigan, America: Farm to Table tells the story of Suttons Bay’s Bardenhagen Farms, covering the Bardenhagen story from Vernon to Ryan to the next generation with Ginger and her brother Chris. The Bardenhagen farms are famous for fruit, and the story includes cherries, of course.

Plan your Black Friday shopping trip around Mario Batali’s live radio broadcast and book signing, or stop in afterward to see if Horizon Books has a cache of signed copies of Mario Batali’s new cookbook, America: Farm to Table, left for the foodie on your list.

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