'Freshman in the Kitchen'

September 29, 2009 Combining a wide range of cooking experiences from summer camps to upscale dining establishments with a longtime love for food, co-authors and brothers Eli and Max Sussman have launched their new cookbook, "Freshman in the Kitchen – From Clueless Cook to Creative Chef." Their goal is to help the budget-minded, food-conscious and first-time cooks.

The brothers' passion for food and cooking flourished at an early age while attending summer camp in western Michigan, where Max took on the role as Chef and Eli acted as Assistant Chef. The energetic brothers began writing the cookbook while Eli attended Michigan State University and Max attended The University of Michigan where combined, the duo worked in food courts, vegetarian restaurants and upscale fine dining establishments. Providing an array of knowledge and differing insights, the book not only offers grocery shopping tips for beginners but innovative tips and techniques for those more experienced.

Eli, now working at a music marketing firm in Los Angeles., and Max, now the head chef at Eve in Ann Arbor, Michigan., will be hosting a cooking demonstration at the Chopping Block in the Merchandise Mart. The event will take place September 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $60 and includes copy of the book and class; proceeds go to Common Threads.

Here's a sampling of the delectable cuisine that Eli and Max will be preparing at the Chopping Block:

  • Crostini with Roasted Red Pepper and Olive Tapanade
  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • Angel Hair Pasta with Bacon and Peas
  • Coconut Lime Biscotti

Students will enjoy tasting portions of each dish, and proceeds will go to Common Threads, an organization whose mission is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well being and foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking.

Experience a new, easy and enjoyable approach to cooking by stopping by these exciting events to meet and learn from Eli and Max Sussman – the young co-authors that keep the budget-minded, food-conscious and first-time cooks in mind with their new cookbook, "Freshman in the Kitchen."

For more information, visit www.freshmaninthekitchen.com .

From 6 to 8 pm
The Chopping Block
Merchandise Mart

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato and Artichokes

Linguine and Herbs

Sautéed Spinach

PB and J Breakfast Smoothie



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