June 15, 2013 3:47:02 PM
At the Friends of the Library's next Table Talk at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library June 19, those in the audience will be taught to make something that may be a little new to the Southern palate: Sushi.
"We're happy to have Marisa Baggett, a sushi expert, here to help us through the process of making these delectable treats at home," said Friends of the Library board member Deborah Johnson.
Baggett's passion for food led her to an early career in the culinary arts. At the age of 22 she opened The Chocolate Giraffe, a restaurant and catering company in her hometown of Starkville. One year later she expanded into The Chocolate Giraffe Coffeehouse. But it was the special request from a dinner party client wanting sushi that truly expanded horizons. Baggett closed The Chocolate Giraffe enterprises and moved west to study at the renowned California Sushi Academy. Since graduating from there, she has moved to Memphis, Tenn., where she worked as sushi master at Do Sushi Bar and Lounge in the city. Currently she is a freelance writer, lecturer and sushi consultant and has authored the book "Sushi Secrets: Easy Recipes for the Home Cook."
"I've always loved sushi, and the neat thing about Marisa's book is that it shows how easily you can make it at home," said Johnson.
Bring your own bag lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. to the meeting room at the library, which is located at 314 Seventh St. N. in Columbus. The free program will start promptly at noon. Iced tea will be provided.
"Everyone is welcome. Y'all come," Johnson urged.