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Newton Reads 2019

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Newton Reads Events: March 2019

Newton Reads has selected Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman for our community-wide read this spring. The unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat.

Mark your calendar for the following Newton Reads events. All events are for teens and adults:

Book Discussion Groups: 

Did you love the book? Hate it? Didn't read it but want to hear what other people thought? Join us for a discussion!

Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 am, Room A

Monday, March 18, 6:15 pm,  Monday, March 18, 6:15 pm,  Brewer's Coalition, 344 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm, Hooked on Books Group, third floor Rear Arc

Attend an Event: 

One Flavor Changes Everything: Cooking Demo with Chef Bill @ the library
Thursday March 7th, 7:00PM
Druker Auditorium 

Join us for a cooking demonstration with Chef Bill Collins that will showcase how one ingredient can completely change a recipe. Chef Bill will showcase five key ingredients from the book: vanilla, soy sauce, Sriracha, and garlic. He’ll feature pound cake, vegetable fried rice, and pesto.

Chef Bill Collins is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. He started his personal chef business in September 2001 and is the author of four cookbooks from Storey Publishing: Knife Skills, Making and Using Vinegar, How to Make Chocolate Candy and Making Caramels. Find Chef Bill Collins online at, on Facebook at on Twitter at, and on Instagram at



Painting with Spices and Planting Garlic,

Thursday March 14, 7:00 pm

3rd Floor Rear Arc

Join us for a night of sensory exploration as we experiment with creating paint from spices. Plant garlic to take home so you can enjoy the greens in your cooking!


Spice 101
Wednesday March 20, 7:00 pm

Druker Auditorium

Join Claire Cheney, the adventurous founder of the Curio Spice Company in Cambridge, MA, for an enticing talk and tasting. Savor her knowledge on:

  • The history of spice

  • Cooking with spice

  • Her worldwide travel to source the best products for her shop  

Vanilla/Vanillin: From the Plant to the Molecule

March 26, 7:00 pm

Druker Auditorium

Join Northern Essex Community College Professor Emily Gonzalez for an exploration into the history and science of vanilla.

A Jamaican native, Professor Gonzalez has been teaching physiological chemistry, anatomy and physiology, human health and nutrition, and human biology at Northern Essex Community College for the last 13 years.