2021 Book Lovers Luncheon

Featuring a virtual conversation with

Erin French, owner and chef of The Lost Kitchen

and Professor Doris Friedensohn 

April 29, 2021, 11:00am – 12:30pm via Zoom


Ticket registration is now closed.

Please email friends@princetonlibrary.org with questions.

We are delighted that the featured speaker for our 2021 Book Lovers Luncheon is Erin French, the owner and chef of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, which was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places, author of “The Lost Kitchen” cookbook and now of “Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch.” Erin’s memoir tells the stories of multiple rock-bottoms and how she slowly rebuilt her personal and culinary life around the solace she found in food—as a source of comfort, a sense of place, as a way of bringing goodness into the world.

Erin will be in conversation with Doris Friedensohn, professor emerita of women’s studies at New Jersey City University and author of her own food-related memoir, “Eating As I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad.” Doris’s interest in food is as a yardstick of consciousness – a reflection of the tension between identities that we are born with and that we construct. We anticipate a rich discussion between the two women.

After the talk, we invite you to stay online to chat about Erin’s book and her conversation with Doris in small groups with friends and librarians from Princeton Public Library (from 12pm-12:30pm).

Purchase a ticket that includes lunch to enjoy a delicious boxed repast from Occasions by Cintron featuring the Spring Bread Salad from Erin’s cookbook “The Lost Kitchen,” accompanied by local cheeses from Cherry Grove Farm, plus a Maine-inspired dessert of blueberry tart and lemon Chantilly cream. Boxed lunches will be available for pickup only on Thursday, April 29 between 9:30am-10:30am at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Please join us for a delightful conversation in support of the library.

Nicky Katz & Shalu Naso, Book Lovers Luncheon Co-Chairs

Books provided compliments of Beatrice Bloom of Weichert Realtors





Thank you to our local bookseller partner Labyrinth Books




Thank you to our Book Lovers Supporter Sponsors

If you would like to join as an event sponsor, please contact Stephanie Oster.

2021 Book Lovers Luncheon Menu 

Erin French’s Spring Bread Salad

Organic greens, English peas, pea tendril, roasted asparagus, radish, mint, chive, toasted sourdough croutons and macerated shallot vinaigrette

Served with local cheeses from Cherry Grove Farm

Blueberry tart 

Served with fresh whipped lemon Chantilly cream

Prepared by Occasions by Cintron

Lunch will be available for pickup on Thursday, April 29 between 9:30am-10:30am at Nassau Presbyterian Church

Friends Council 2021


Andrea Bradley

Dina Shaw
First Vice President

Melissa Grzymala
Second Vice President

Beth Leman

Nicky Katz

Shalu Naso
Assistant Treasurer


Michelle Baxter
Julia Benedict
Audrey Egger
Jane Fransson
Peter Ham
Darren Hammell
Veronika Häusle-Kalabacos
Seva Kramer
Patricia Meyer
Karen Zemble

Ex Officio

Helen Heintz
Former Council President

Ruth Miller
Board of Trustees


Erin Metro
Princeton University Liaison

Audrey Smerkanich
Book Sale Manager

Stephanie Oster
Development Administrator