Local Historical Cooking Demonstrations Attracts Regional Foodies

Anjila K. Olsen writes and performs as Alice the Cook to educate others on the food and cooking techniques of the Renaissance era.
Alice the Cook (left) and assistants
Alice the Cook (left) and assistants
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Saint Paul - Minnesota - US

March 27, 2012 - PRLog -- Anjila K. Olsen has an unusual hobby; when she is not working as a marketing and communications professional, she assumes the character Alice the Cook.  As her character, Olsen has written three self-published cookbooks, writes food articles for the bi-monthly publication Renaissance Magazine, and provides educational stories and recipes in her syndicated food blog, http://www.alicethecook.com.

Olsen has also had articles featured in The Heavy Table food blog, the Star Tribune (MN), Argus Leader (SD), Chicago Tribune (IL), and the Jerusalem Post (Israel). Olsen also prepares historical cooking demonstrations for area schools and colleges, community education programs, and regional renaissance festivals.  When she cooks, she goes back to the basics and uses fresh ingredients from local producers and uses the same recipes that were used centuries ago in cast iron pots, while cooking over an open fire.  

As Alice the Cook, Olsen welcomes others warmly and encourages them to visit her website, twitter, or facebook pages. Engaging in lively conversation, Olsen blends a friendly personality, traditional cooking techniques, and ingredients along with 21st century technology. Her demonstrations cover a wide variety of topics, which she tailors to her audiences’ needs and interests. Working with children and adults alike, she has demonstrated Silk Road spice blends, historical and medicinal uses for spices and herbs, as well as historical cooking techniques.

During the summer months, Olsen performs at the Siouxland Renaissance Festival in Sioux Falls, SD and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN.  She has also made appearances at the Salisbury Renaissance Festival in IA and the Sarasota Renaissance Festival in FL.  

Olsen is available for interviews and general questions.

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