Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home

If you live in Columbus, you’ve undoubtedly heard someone rave about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams — or, even better, you’ve experienced them yourself.  If you don’t live in Columbus, you really need to stop by just to try some of Jeni’s stunningly good ice cream.

Jeni Britton Bauer will be one of the featured authors at the Ohioana Book Festival on Saturday, May 12 on the Fort Hayes campus.  She’ll be talking about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home — an ice cream cookbook that my friends say is spectacular, just like Jeni’s ice cream.  And anyone who reads cookbooks knows that a really good cookbook tells you a lot about the cook who wrote it.  From Jeni’s cookbook, I’m guessing that she will be a really interesting person to listen to.  She’ll be one of the authors participating in a panel discussion entitled Food:  The Seduction of Flavor at 11:45 a.m.  (Great title for the panel discussion, isn’t it?)  The YouTube video below tells you a little bit more about Jeni Britton Bauer and her ice cream passions.

What’s summer without a little ice cream?  If the ice cream is something fabulous like Jeni’s salty caramel, made at home, so much the better.  Jeni Britton Bauer alone is a good reason to stop by the Ohioana Book Festival this coming Saturday.

Mark Your Calendars, and Put On Your Volunteer Hats

The 2012 Ohioana Book Festival will be held on May 12, 2012 at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center.  If you been to one of the prior book festivals, I know I’ll see you again this year.  If you’ve never been to one, and you like reading, give it a shot — I’m confident you will have some fun.

The 2012 Festival offers an eclectic mix of featured authors whose works run the gamut from Tom Batiuk’s classic Funky Winkerbean comic series to Jeni Britton Bauer’s delicious ice cream recipes to Donald Ray Pollock’s tales from Knockemstiff, Ohio — and everything in between.  You’ll have a chance to interact with the authors, listen to readings from lots of writers, buy books, and experience firsthand the vibrant literary community found in the Buckeye State.

The Book Festival is free and open to the public — which inevitably means we need volunteers to help make the event run smoothly.  I’ll be there, and I hope you’ll consider joining me.  If you’re interested, information about volunteer opportunities is available here.  Me?  I’ll gladly do whatever they ask me to do.