Emily Paster, Author of Food Swap, in Philadelphia at COOK on 8/6

Emily Paster

Emily Paster, author of Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving, makes her COOK debut on Saturday, August 6th at 2PM.

Tickets are $95/person. Each guest will receive a copy of the book.

Food Swap by Emily Paster

The book profiles PHL Swappers, among other swaps, and includes both tips on swapping successfully and a lovely collection of swap-friendly recipes, which also make lovely DIY edible gifts.

She will share recipes from her book, including beer-caraway mustard (to be served with Philly-favorite soft pretzels); citrus curd (served with scones); and salted caramel sauce (served with fruit and shortbread cookies). And to get in the spirit of things, Emily will also share a sour cherry syrup to be mixed with sparkling wine for an afternoon cocktail.

A lawyer by training, Emily Paster of Chicago found a second career in the kitchen, creating homemade preserves, sauces and condiments with her daughter. After finding herself producing more than she could devour, a friend in Philadelphia recommended she look into a local food swap, where home cooks gather informally to trade their homemade goods for those produced by like-minded artisans.

When she learned that no such food swap existed in Chicago, she co-founded Chicago Food Swap, one of the largest in the world. Along the way, Emily has developed an impressive repertoire of recipes and this past May she compiled her favorites in Food Swap. Part cookbook, part how-to guide, Emily’s book features more than 80 recipes for artisanal items that are perfect both for food swaps and for thoughtful gifts.

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