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Deborah Madison on the roots and rise of vegetarian cooking

Deborah Madison
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Many of you can remember eating pancakes as heavy as the plates they were served on, gobs of gray grains, bread that could have doubled as sandpaper, at some time during the '60s and '70s. This was the inaugural era of New Age vegetarianism.

Since then, vegetarian cooking has gone gourmet and delicious, thanks in large part to master epicurean Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and The Savory Way. Madison has been honored with the Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award, three James Beard Awards and the MFK Fisher midcareer award given by Les Dames des Escoffier. She's a champion of local farmers' markets and an enthusiastic member of the Slow Food movement.

This Sunday, Madison, co-leader of the Santa Fe Slow Food convivium, will join the Slow Food Colorado Springs convivium in an open house at the Fine Arts Center celebrating Sixties Legacies: Pop Culture and the Seeds of American Culture. Food will be provided by Sammy's Organics, Manitou Natural and Wild Oats Market. Madison's talk will focus on eating in the '60s, cooking in the '70s and "tales of a survivor."

Guests are invited to view the Linda McCartney photo exhibit, and family art activities will be continuous throughout the afternoon including face painting, seed planting and potato stamp collages. And anyone who gives a hoot about good, natural, organic food will want to join Madison at 4 p.m. for her talk exploring the seeds of American culture that were planted in the culinary revolution of the past 40 years.

-- Kathryn Eastburn


Sixties Legacies: Pop Culture and the Seeds of American Culture

An open house and lecture by Deborah Madison

Guided tours of Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait of an Era, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Deborah Madison's speech, 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 14, 3-5 p.m.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.

$10 members; $15 nonmembers; $20 families

Call 634-5581

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