Chef Ann Cooper, the self-billed "renegade lunch lady," makes two appearances in Asheville this week. Cooper's manifesto, Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way we Feed our Children (HarperCollins, 2006), calls for schools to serve nutritious, local foods -- and for public-policy changes to support the move.
Then, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, Cooper will discuss her book at Malaprop's Bookstore. The reading is free and open to the public.
It looks as though Asheville's dream of a free-standing food magazine will be deferred for a while longer. The demise of D'licious Magazine was announced last month by its former art director, Matthew Mulder, who writes the blog 1000 Black Lines (1000blacklines.blogspot.com). According to Mulder, sagging ad revenues sank the glossy bimonthly devoted to local edibles, which debuted in high style at a Haywood Park Hotel gala last August. "After recently discussing the future of D'licious with the editor, we have both concluded it has deceased," Mulder writes.
Barbara Swell's Log Cabin Cooking Classes in East Asheville has announced its winter schedule. Offerings include Pot Pies, Granny's Biscuits and Blackout! -- a workshop on how to prepare a satisfying meal of cornbread, pork and potatoes without flipping a switch. (After all that wood chopping, you're bound to have an appetite.) For more information and schedules, check out www.nativegroundmusic.com, or call 298-2270.
-- Hanna Rachel Raskin