Barney to discuss Early American herbs May 23

Cookbook author Kate Barney will discuss early American herbs at noon May 23 at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.

EASTON — Lunch and Learn at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will feature cookbook author Katie Barney at noon Thursday, May 23.

Barney will discuss “Early American Herbs” and how they were used for medicinal purposes, insect repellants and in teas. She will explain which herbs were brought here from the Old World and which were native to North America. She also will give a cooking demonstration using some of the herbs,and do a book signing.

Barney is the co-author of “The Best of Newport,” and author of “Annapolis: The Guidebook,” “Eastern Shore of Maryland: The Guidebook,” “God’s Bounty: Chesapeake’s Bounty,” “Chesapeake’s Bounty II,” “New England’s Bounty,” “Nantucket’s Bounty,” “Maryland’s Western Shore: The Guidebook” and several publications on the fiber optic telecommunications business.

She is a consultant on international business and protocol. Her hobbies include gourmet cooking, fine wines, history, sailing, genealogy and gardening.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this lecture. The Lunch & Learn series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, which will provide coffee and dessert at the lecture. For more information, please call the library at 410-822-1626 or visit

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