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Cookbook Author to Speak at Anoka County Library

Date: Jan 14th, 2013

Cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas will speak at the Crooked Lake Library on Tuesday, January 14, at 1:00 PM as part of the new Dewey Lecture Series.   Admission is free. 

A first-generation American with Scandinavian roots, Ojakangas has shared her insight on the specialties of Scandinavia - the Danes' open-faced sandwiches, the Finns' whole-grained breads, the Norwegians' fresh seafood and the Swedes' smorgasbord.

In 2005, her book, “The Great Scandinavian Baking Book”, was inducted into the KitchenAid Cookbook Hall of Fame from the James Beard Foundation. The honor also cited her long list of published cookbooks. A James Beard Foundation Award is the highest industry honor awarded to a culinary professional.

“Having Ms. Ojakangas at our library will appeal to a wide variety of tastes,” said Anoka County Commissioner and Library Board Liaison Julie Braastad.  “Her insights into our heritage via food are both eye opening and mouthwatering.”

She has appeared on major television shows, including “Martha Stewart Living”, “Good Morning America”, and “Baking with Julia Child”, and has shared her culinary expertise in developing recipes for major food companies such as Pillsbury, Louis Kemp Foods and Chun King.

Ojakangas is the inaugural speaker in the Dewey Lectures, a new series of monthly afternoon programs hosted by the Anoka County Library. These free programs are sponsored by the Anoka County Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund