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Minnesota cookbook author to visit local library Tuesday

Renowned cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas will visit the Detroit Lakes Library this Tuesday, Aug. 28 for a 2 p.m. presentation, which is free and open to the public. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Beatrice Ojakangas will be discussing her most recent publication, "Breakfast with Beatrice," as part of her free presentation at the Detroit Lakes Public Library this Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Renowned cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas — author of 30 cookbooks including "Homemade with Beatrice Ojakangas" and most recently, "Breakfast with Beatrice" — will visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library this Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.

Ojakangas will bring the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota to life with recipes, anecdotes and humor from her most recent book in this free presentation, which will kick off the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Lakes Library Club. Her presentation is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Ojakangas began her culinary career as a food editor for "Sunset Magazine" and went on to write for "Bon Appétit," "Gourmet," "Woman's Day," "Family Circle," "Redbook," "Cooking Light," "Country Living," "Southern Living" and "Ladies' Home Journal."

A columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Duluth News Tribune and star of the Food Network series "The Baker's Dozen," she is also the author of 30 cookbooks, including "Scandinavian Cooking," "Great Old-Fashioned American Recipes," "Scandinavian Feasts" and the award-winning "Great Scandinavian Baking Book," all published by the University of Minnesota Press.

In 2005 she was selected for the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame and in 2016 she published a memoir, "Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food," published by the University of Minnesota Press and winner of a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.

The Detroit Lakes Public Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open every Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays. For more information on local library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168.

The Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.

This fall, Lake Agassiz Regional Library is inviting the public to explore the history and culture of Minnesota through legend, love stories, folk tales and music. The regional library system is bringing a series of authors, musicians and entertainers to libraries and community centers throughout northwest Minnesota. All events are offered free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and will feature guests such as legendary storyteller Lise Lunge-Larsen, Celtic musician Laura MacKenzie and local author of "Sister Secrets," Matthew Valan. A full list of events is available at