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This event will be presented in partnership with the Washington Literacy Center, with opening remarks from program director Terrell Danley.
Former food director of Real Simple Dawn Perry used to wake up at the crack of dawn to hit the farmers market and scour specialty food stores for peak-season vegetables and lesser-known spices. But as she started to have a family, she became less interested in spending her mornings and weekends food shopping and meal prepping than building couch forts and making Play-Doh spaghetti. If you're time-crunched for any reason—early meeting at the office or late night on the town—this book will help. Here, Dawn offers her very own playbook for getting good food on the table fast so you can spend more time doing what you love with your free time and energy.
In Ready, Set, Cook Dawn shares her secrets for creating delicious meals in no time. Whether you’re new to cooking and don’t know where to start or you’re a seasoned cook in need of a streamlined approach, this book is for you. No need to plan and shop ahead or dig through recipe boxes (virtual or otherwise), now you’ll have great meals in minutes without breaking a sweat.
Dawn Perry is a writer and cookbook author. Most recently, she served as the food director for Real Simple. She has also worked in the test kitchens of Everyday Food, Bon Appétit, and the meal kit delivery service Martha & Marley Spoon. Dawn is the author of Short Stack Editions’ Cucumbers. Her recipes and writing have also been featured on Epicurious, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and The New York Times, among other publications. She recently moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and two kids.
Olga Massov is a freelance food and lifestyle writer, and cookbook collaborator. She’s been working as an assignment editor at The Washington Post food section since March 2019, alongside other culinary freelance projects. She has also worked as an editor on several cookbooks from Phaidon Press.
Terrell Danley’s journey to WLC was fueled by his passion for food and urban adult education. Terrell has served as an instructor and curriculum developer for the organization's Culinary Job Training program, where his success led to a promotion to Program Manager and General Manager, allowing him to co-develop and implement an acclaimed workforce readiness program at THEARC in SE Washington. Terrell also served as the Lead Culinary Arts instructor for the Potomac Job Corps Center and created the Job Corp's nationally top-ranked culinary arts program.