Saturday, April 3, from noon to 4 p.m., Sag Harbor author Stacy Dermont will be on the North Fork to sign copies of “The Hamptons Kitchen” (Norton), which she co-wrote with Hillary Davis and features color photography depicting the East End by Barbara Lassen. The book’s foreword, titled “Tasty Memories,” was penned by the authors’ dear friend, and internationally recognized food critic, Gael Greene.
The signing will be held at Chef Steven Amaral and Ann Corley’s North Fork Chocolate Company retail store at 740 Main Road, Aquebogue. The North Fork Chocolate Company, which is adjacent to its popular chocolate shop and ice creamery, also has signed copies of the book in stock and for sale.
“I can’t wait to get out there, all safe and socially distanced, to talk with the public about the joys of locavorism,” Dermont said.
“The Hamptons Kitchen” offers simple recipes appropriate for Long Island’s different seasons and features Dermont’s suggested wine and beer pairings, including, Paumanok Vineyards Festival Chardonnay paired with mashed potato flatbread topped with poached egg; Long Ireland Beer Company’s Celtic Ale paired with roasted black sea bass; and Suhru Wines Pinot Grigio paired with lettuce boats filled with Swiss cheese and apples.
“The Hamptons Kitchen” is all about shopping, cooking, eating, and drinking local, which makes the book a good fit with the North Fork Chocolate Company and Chef Amaral incorporates local ingredients into his chocolate and catering work — including beers, wines, fruits and foraged herbs and seaweed.
“I’m an intuitive cook and artist,” said Amaral. “I do what feels right, and that always centers on the best the North Fork has to offer — we live in a uniquely rich food shed.”
While in 2020, Davis and Dermont were booked to host many live appearances including book signings, cooking demos, and dinners, across both forks of Long Island with their release of their new cookbook, but the pandemic put their schedule on hold. The authors now look forward to a “do-over” to share their message — that local is best — throughout the 2021 summer, harvest, and holiday seasons.
“The Hamptons Kitchen” is also available from area bookstores and from all major online booksellers.