Beatrice Ojakangas at North Wind Books May 7
April 23, 2009
HANCOCK, MI - "Casseroles are making a comeback," writes Beatrice Ojakangas in her introduction to her latest cookbook, "The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever."
Finlandia University's North Wind Books will host an event with Ojakangas Thursday, May 7, 2009, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. She will sign copies of her books and dishes made using recipes from her cookbooks will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
"The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever" includes over 500 recipes for just about any type of casserole imaginable. The 640-page paperback was published in August 2008 by publisher Chronicle Books. The cookbook has been nominated for a 2009 James Beard Foundation Award.
Beatrice Ojakangas's interest in cooking began at age 12 when she started winning state and national 4-H awards for cooking demonstrations. In 1957, she won the Second Grand Prize for the Pillsbury Bake Off.
Ojakangas began her writing career as a food editor for Sunset Magazine. Since then she has written numerous articles for national magazines including Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Cooking Light, Country Living, Eating Well, Ladies' Home Journal, and Cooking Pleasures. She has been a regular columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Duluth News Tribune.
She has made many local and national television appearances. In 1997 she hosted a five-part series on holiday baking for the Food Network called The Baker's Dozen, which has been repeated every year since.
Ojakangas was a featured guest on Julia Child's series, Baking with Julia in 1995, and has appeared regularly on Martha Stewart Living. She has also been featured on cooking shows in Finland.
Ojakangas has written over 20 cookbooks. She teaches cooking classes in Duluth and St. Paul, and has taught in cooking schools across the country. She was the honorary co-chair of Finn Fest for 2008, which was held in Duluth, and was a presenter at numerous previous Finn Fest events.
For additional information, please contact North Wind Books at 906-487-7217.