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Brian Boitano and Kate Gosselin among cookbook authors at Baltimore Book Festival

By Richard Gorelick

The Baltimore Sun

10:23 AM EDT, September 23, 2013

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The Food for Thought stage at the Baltimore Book Festival will present a full slate of talks and demonstrations by Baltimore-based chefs and visiting cookbook authors.

Among the locals are Johnny’s barista Lindsay DiFabbio (1 p.m. Friday), caterer and former restaurateur Connie Crabtree-Burritt (noon Saturday) and Bradley Willits, executive chef at the B&O American Brasserie (noon Sunday).

The most recognizable names among the visiting authors are not necessarily associated with the world of cooking. Reality TV personality Kate Gosselin (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Kate Plus 8”) will talk about her new book, “Love Is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories with Family-Friendly Recipes, Tips and Traditions” (4:30 p.m. Saturday), and Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano will discuss his new book, “What Would Brian Boitano Make? Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing with Family and Friends” (6 p.m. Saturday), which he adapted from his Food Network series.

The Baltimore Book Festival is noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday on Mount Vernon Place, centered around the 600 block of N. Charles St. For information, call 410-752-8632 or visit baltimorebookfestival.org.