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Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life

Patricia Moore-Pastides -- accomplished cook, public-health professional, author, and First Lady of USC -- shares stories, insights, and healthy treats from her new cookbook.

Tuesday, July 29th

6:30 p.m., Richland Library Main

Come learn about simple, delicious cooking methods that make a do-it-yourself healthful lifestyle possible, and recipes that focus on bringing the bounty of the garden to the table in easy and accessible ways.

Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life is Moore-Pastides' second family cookbook, teaching adults and young adults how to grow food and transform it into delicious healthy meals. Recipes such as "Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinegar and Lemon-Thyme Confetti" and "Oven-Roasted Okra Fries with Dried Herbs" are simple enough for anyone to make, and bring the Mediterranean lifestyle -- recommended for great taste, good health, and long life -- into your home.

The cookbook, published by the University of South Carolina Press, will be available for sale after the program. Pick up a copy and stay to get it signed by the author. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit the University of South Carolina's Health and Sustainability Fund, which makes community health programs like this one possible.

About Patricia Moore-Pastides:

Patricia Moore-Pastides is the First Lady of the University of South Carolina and an accomplished cook, writer, and public-health professional. Moore-Pastides teaches Mediterranean cooking classes at Columbia's Cooking!, an interactive community cooking program offered by the university's Cancer Prevention and Control Program. A Connecticut native with a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University, she has served as a director and planner for several healthcare and wellness organizations. She and her husband, President Harris Pastides, make their home in the President's House on the Historic Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina. They have two adult children.


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