Join authors Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki for a discussion about their book The History of Connecticut Food: A Proud Tradition of Puddings, Clambakes and Steamed Cheeseburgers on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at the Mattatuck Museum. This presentation is for every food lover who appreciates the story behind a meal and for every budding chef who longs for the secrets of favorite local dishes. The book includes traditional recipes, reinterpretations and fascinating new classics, so there’s something there for all tastes, from familiar comforts like chicken potpie and fried oysters to curious concoctions like Grape-Nuts pudding and steamed cheeseburgers. Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki are the coauthors of A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard. Eric’s essays, reviews and stories have appeared in dozens of journals and magazines. His books include Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity, Afoot in Connecticut, and The Insider’s Guide to Connecticut. Amy is an award-winning poet and author of Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End and Lune de Miel, which are available from Finishing Line Press.  Her next book of poems, Four Blue Eggs, will be released in February 2013 by Homebound Publications. They teach English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport and live in Hamden.

Free with Museum admission. Visit the website at for more information and to register online. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, CT Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 16 world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Every second Sunday of the month is no charge. Free parking is located behind the Museum on Park Place.