The Waupaca Book Festival will include a number of authors whose books are about food.
The festival – being held Oct. 12 and 13 in downtown Waupaca – will feature 16 authors in all.
Of those 16, five of them are food-related authors.
They are Terese Allen, Erica Bauermeister, Darien Gee, Brett Laidlaw and Jasia Steinmetz.
Allen went from kitchen manager to cookbook author when she wrote The Ovens of Brittany Cookbook.
She also writes about sustainable cooking, regional food and culinary folklore.
Her most recent book, The 2013 Wisconsin Local Food Journal, profiles a dozen Wisconsin chefs who use sustainable, local ingredients.
Bonni Miller, of Waupaca, who is the chef and owner of Farm to Fork, is one of them profiled in the book.
Bauermeister always wanted to write and her first novel, The School of Essential Ingredients, was about food, people and the relationship between them.
Her second novel, Joy For Beginners, follows a year in the life of seven women who make a pact to each do one thing in the next 12 months that is new, difficult or scary.
Gee is the author of Friendship Bread: A Novel.
She is also the national best-selling author of three novels (Good Things, Sweet Life and Table Manners) under the name Mia King.
Gee is judging the festival’s friendship bread contest and is running the second session at the Writer’s Workshop.
Laidlaw’s blog resulted in a book of recipes, essays and photographs, Trout Caviar: Recipes from a Northern Forager.
He is the author of two novels, Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth and Blue Bel Air.
Laidlaw will be leading a cooking demonstration, as part of the festival.
Steinmetz is a professor of food and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is a registered dietitian.
She is the author of Eat Local: Simple Steps to Enjoying Real, Healthy and Affordable Food.
Steinmetz is a founding member of the Central Rivers Farmshed, a community group that promotes local food, supports local farmers and encourages preserving family food traditions.
She will be leading an informative tour of Waupaca’s farm market.
This year’s book festival will include authors who write books for children, teens and adults.
Meet the authors at the Authors’ Dessert Reception, which will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
Authors’ books will be available for purchase to be signed the following day. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
The dessert buffet will include a cash bar. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.
Proceeds will benefit the Waupaca Library Foundation and the Waupaca Book Festival.