Online Event

Salt + Spine Cookbook Club

Dinner Party with Anna Francese Gass

Wed | Jan 27, 2021 | 5:30–7P PT

Featured Author Anna Francese Gass

Guest Host Brian Hogan Stewart

The Salt + Spine Cookbook Club extends a warm January welcome to Anna Francese Gass and her cookbook, Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women. Join Anna, Brian Hogan Stewart of Salt + Spine, and other club participants for a Virtual Dinner Party. Cook along with the author (or just watch!), enjoy the opportunity to ask questions, and connect with other cookbook lovers.
The Salt & Spine Cookbook Club is like a ‘regular’ book club…but with a very special twist. Each month we focus on one book, reading, cooking and connecting about it on social media (see “Participate” below). The bonus: every month we get together live with the author for a Dinner Party, sponsored by Hardcover Cook, the subscription box and ingredient shop for cookbook lovers. Currently, the Dinner Party is virtual (via Zoom); we look forward to the day when the club can meet in person at The Civic Kitchen.
Please note: The Salt + Spine Cookbook Club Dinner Party is not a formal cooking class. It is a cooking-optional event meant for gathering together, interacting with the author and other club participants, and celebrating an exceptional book and cookbook writer.

Menu | Recipes

Gina’s Brodo di Mamma e Polpette
(Meatballs in Tomato Sauce)

Ingredient/Equipment Prep

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There’s no charge to take part in other Cookbook Club activities:


Start the month by tuning in to Anna Francese Gass' chat with Salt + Spine host Brian Hogan Stewart about her blog, cookbook, and more. Already listened? Take a moment to re-visit the episode.

Anna Francese Gass on Salt + Spine


Grab your copy of Heirloom Kitchen and pick some recipes you’d like to make this month. Click here for a preview of recipes from the book, and here for featured recipes from Anna's visit with Salt + Spine to get you started.
Don’t have a copy of Heirloom Kitchen yet? You can find the book at Anna's go-to shop, Elm Street Books, or support other local bookstores through Bookshop or Indiebound. You can also check local libraries for hard copies or digital versions.


Show off what you’re cooking from Heirloom Kitchen! Snap a pic and make sure to use the hashtag #TalkCookbooks when sharing. And see what others are making, too!
Plus, learn from Anna as she shares cooking tips, recipes, behind-the-scenes content, and more—exclusively on our social media pages.

This salt + spine cookbook club dinner party is live and interactive.

The Dinner Party is held via Zoom, and you only need to purchase one spot per household. After registering, you will receive instructions for logging into the event. If applicable, cook-along recipes will be available 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

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Featured Author

Anna Francese Gass

ANNA FRANCESE GASS grew up in a small town on the Rhode Island shore before moving to New York City for university and an exciting new life. After a stint in the corporate world, she decided, in order to be truly happy, she needed to spend her time in the kitchen, instead of an office cubicle.
She quit her fast-paced sales job and enrolled in Culinary Arts at the French Culinary Institute in Lower Manhattan to follow her dream of professional cooking. Soon thereafter, she found her niche in test kitchens, and has worked for Whole Foods, Mad Hungry, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Food52. She has also assisted on numerous successful cookbooks and worked on a number of cooking television shows.
Cooking with Grandmothers around the country has become her passion. Her hope is that by transcribing these cherished recipes, they will continue to be shared and loved for generations to come.
More about Anna

Guest Host

Brian Hogan Stewart

BRIAN HOGAN STEWART is the host and creator of Salt + Spine. He is a once-budding chef who passed on a culinary school degree to pursue journalism. He’s not a professional cook nor a cookbook author—but an avid home cook and an enthusiastic cookbook collector, with a collection now in the hundreds. (That may seem like a lot to some, but he envies Diana Henry’s 4,000-book library almost daily!)
Brian has worked extensively in journalism and new media, including leading a media company featuring a daily newspaper with circulation of 50,000+, a nightly newscast, and multiple digital properties. He has conducted hundreds (and hundreds…) of interviews throughout his career, including time spent covering food culture and personalities in the midwest.
Brian is a native of Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism, English, and American studies.