Feasting on chaucroute garnie

This Sunday afternoon I had the wonderful experience of speaking by phone with the “Eat, Drink, Laugh, and of course READ!!!!” book club of Connecticut which had read When We Were Strangers. As the organizer Shanon explained, the club typically creates a meal inspired by the book. They eschewed the bread and raw onions meals of Opi (for some reason) and went right for Irma’s going away feast in Chicago (pp. 258-259). From the look of this meal, it’s a wonder Irma didn’t stay in Chicago.

The choucroute garnie is a traditional hearty winter food of Alsace and while I don’t know the recipe used by Shanon’s group, here is one by Jacques Pepin.

And here are the pictures, shared by Shanon’s group, which is, she confirms “the BEST.”

Pamela Schoenewaldt, historical novels of immigration and the search for self in new worlds: WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS, SWIMMING IN THE MOON, and UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY (all HarperCollins).

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Sunday, May 6, 2pm reading from latest work at Hexagon Brewing Company, Knoxville, TN.

Thursday, May 10, 6-8 pm presentation on research on the historical novel, Blount County Library, Maryville, TN.

When We Were Strangers, Italian translation, to be presented in Pescasseroli, Italy, August 2018.

Recent Review
“Absorbing and layered with rich historical details, in Under the Same Blue Sky, Schoenewaldt weaves a tender and at times, heartbreaking story about German-Americans during World War I. With remarkable compassion, the author skillfully portrays conflicted loyalties, the search for belonging, the cruelty of war, and the resilience of the human spirit.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

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