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Nationally Recognized Scandinavian Cook to Give Presentation at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 14, 2006

Beatrice Ojakangas
Beatrice Ojakangas

EAU CLAIRE — Beatrice Ojakangas, a nationally known cook named to the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2005, will give a presentation at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as part of the spring 2006 Geography Seminar Series. She will present "From Bread to Beard: Grains, Place and Finnish Food" at 4 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Room 281 of Phillips Science Hall.

Ojakangas, who lives in Duluth, Minn., has written numerous cookbooks, including "Pot Pies," "Quick Breads," "Light Desserts," "The Finnish Cookbook," "The Great Scandinavian Baking Book," and "Scandinavian Feasts." She has shared her passion for food in every way imaginable: opening a restaurant, teaching cooking classes, hosting a television show, consulting for Pillsbury, appearing as a featured guest on Julia Child's "Baking with Julia" television series and writing newspaper and magazine articles.

In May 2005, when she was named to the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame, she joined the ranks of cooks such as Child and the authors of such classics as "The Joy of Cooking" and "The Fanny Farmer Cookbook." Ojakangas won for "The Great Scandinavian Baking Book," first published in 1988. But in her case, the honor also was for the body of her work — 25 cookbooks since 1964.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Kaldjian, assistant professor of geography, at (715) 836-2321 or kaldjian@uwec.edu.

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