We’re excited to announce that Chef Rick Bayless will be the guest and featured speaker at the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District’s One Book Two Villages events this fall. The Library is expanding programming this year to feature events and book discussions around the theme of “One Table, Two Villages,” bringing our communities together with food for conversation and community building.

We’re featuring three books this year, each one a special ingredient for a delicious community gathering complete with thought-provoking conversation.


Rick Bayless’ most recent cookbook, More Mexican Everyday, includes recipes for unique Mexican dishes while advocating the use of local, seasonal ingredients. Chef Bayless’ New York Times best-seller Fiesta at Rick’s includes complete party plans, including menus, timelines and music playlists, providing everything necessary to gather friends and family around a table of delicious food.

We’ll discuss The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, written by fellow James Beard Award-winning chef, Dan Barber. An originator of the farm-to-table movement, Barber shares revolutionary ideas about food, flavor and farming in this fascinating book.



Bayless is most well known as a chef and restaurant entrepreneur. He has won seven James Beard Award nominations. His public television series, Mexico–One Plate at a Time, has wrapped its 11th season. He has authored nine cookbooks. His Chicago restaurants include the award-winning Frontera Grill and the four-star Topolobampo; Xoco, Leña Brava and Cervecería Cruz Blanca. He received the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2007 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for his many philanthropic endeavors.
He starred in a sold-out five-week run on stage at the Lookingglass Theatre in Cascabel – offering theater goers the story of a meal, told through flavor, memory, song, dance and amazing physical



Bayless is our featured guest at a cocktail party and reception at the Winnetka Community House on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. Meet Mr. Bayless, and enjoy an open bar and unlimited appetizers at the event. Reception tickets are $50, and include reserved seating for the 7:30 p.m. lecture and book signing. General admission tickets for the 7:30 p.m. lecture and book signing are $15.

Mr. Bayless will also appear at a luncheon and lecture event at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 at The Happ Inn, 305 N. Happ Road in Northfield. Tickets for this event are $35, and include a plated lunch.
Tickets go on sale June 1 through Eventbrite.com.

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One Book Two Villages is an annual celebration of bringing the community together for conversation on a common theme. The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is excited to continue the tradition of excellence with this year’s events.

One Book Two Villages is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Winnetka-Northfield Library.


Our themed programming begins in March, and will continue in earnest this summer and early fall, leading up to our September events with Rick Bayless in Winnetka and Northfield. More book discussions, food programs and lecture events will be held this summer and early fall before Chef Bayless’ September visit.

Book Discussion

Winnetka Library
Led by Erin Collins.
Cooking as Fast as I Can: A
Chef’s Story of Family, Food and
by Cat Cora
In this witty and fast-paced memoir, Cora, the first female Iron Chef, recounts a lifetime of difficulties and triumphs on her path to becoming a chef.
Registration required.

Book Discussion

Winnetka Library
Yes, Chef: A Memoir
by Marcus Samuelsson
Named one of the 10 best books of the year by Vogue and a New York Times best-seller, Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors.
Registration required.

Food and Drink

Cooking with the Spring Harvest
Winnetka Library
From the markets and out of the gardens come the first sweet offerings of the season. We will sample a few delicious spring recipes. Presented by chef Carol Mackey.
Registration required.