Miami Book Fair International: Meet Your Favorite Cookbook Authors

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Chef Norman Van Aken will cook for you at Miami Book Fair International.
The 30th Miami Book Fair International has been going on all week, but the fair really gets heated up today, Friday, November 22, when the fair turns a large part of downtown Miami around Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus into a bookworm's dream, with hundreds of thousands of books for sale, authors' panels, and autograph opportunities.

The most exciting events for foodies are the cooking demonstrations, held at Miami Culinary Institute's Wine Theatre, where celebrity chefs and cookbook authors such as Ingrid Hoffmann and Norman Van Aken share stories while cooking up a storm.

There's also a schedule of author panels, featuring your favorite food writers and cookbook authors discussing food and culture. Author panels are free with admission to the fair, and no additional tickets are required. The panels are held at Miami Culinary Institute, Building 6, first floor.

The book fair hours are Friday, November 22, through Sunday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is free Friday and $8 for adults Saturday and Sunday (kids 12 and younger get in free; kids 13 to 18 and adults over 62 receive reduced admission of $5). Tickets for the cooking demonstrations cost $15 per session (plus a $2 fee) and includes the demo and a tasting. Tickets can be purchased at miamibookfair.com.

Here's a schedule of the culinary events and food-related authors appearing at the fair:

Saturday, November 23

11 a.m. - John Moeller, author of Dining at the White House: From the President's Table to Yours, cooks some of the same dishes he cooked for heads of state and the first family.
Cooking demo at Miami Culinary Institute's Wine Theatre; $15

12 p.m. - Leticia Moreinos Schwartz on My Rio de Janeiro: A Cookbook, Manuel Villacorta, on Peruvian Power Foods, and Maureen Fant on Sauces and Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way.
Author presentation at Miami Culinary Institute; free with admission

1 p.m. - Norman Van Aken, author of No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken, shares his culinary journey.
Cooking demo at Miami Culinary Institute's Wine Theatre; $15

1:30 p.m. - Sandra A. Gutierrez on Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina, Lolis Eric Elie on Treme: Stories and Recipes From the Heart of New Orleans, and Michael Ruhlman on The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat. All will discuss culinary culture.
Author presentation at Miami Culinary Institute; free with admission

3 p.m. - Patricia Wells, author of The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence, brings the flavors of French cooking to the American home.
Cooking demo at Miami Culinary Institute's Wine Theatre; $15

3 p.m. - Ingrid Hoffmann on Latin D' Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes With a Healthy Twist, Peggy Kotsopoulos on Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal, and Brian Boitano on What Would Brian Boitano Make? Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing With Family and Friends. All will share stories from their books.
Author presentation at Miami Culinary Institute; free with admission

4 p.m. - Michael Steinberger on The Wine Savant: A Guide to the Wine Culture and Paul Lukacs on Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasures. They'll talk wine.
Author presentation at Miami Culinary Institute; free with admission

Sunday, November 24

11 a.m. - Peggy Kotsopoulos, author of Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal, will show you how to improve your health with nutrient-rich whole foods.
Cooking demo at Miami Culinary Institute's Wine Theatre; $15

1 p.m. - Brian Boitano, author of What Would Brian Boitano Make? Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing With Family and Friends, will share recipes and stories.
Cooking demo at Miami Culinary Institute's Wine Theatre; $15

1 p.m. - John Moeller on Dining at the White House: From the President's Table to Yours, Patricia Wells on The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence, and Norman Van Aken on No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken.
Author presentation at Miami Culinary Institute; free with admission

3 p.m. - Ingrid Hoffmann, author of Latin D' Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes With a Healthy Twist, talks about giving a healthful twist to modern Latin cuisine.
Cooking demo at Miami Culinary Institute's Wine Theatre; $15

3 p.m. - Rachel Roque on Cocina Latina: El Sabor del Mundo Latino and Antoni Miralda on Power Food.
Author presentation at Miami Culinary Institute; free with admission

4 p.m. - Mandy Baca, author of The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine; Deeny Kaplan Lorber, author of Waiting at Joe's; and Ellen Kanner, author of Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner, discuss local Miami food culture.
Author presentation at Miami Culinary Institute; free with admission

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