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Barton County author offers mix of food, memories
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Barton County native Carolyn Hall will talk about her book, "Prairie Meals and Memories – Living the Golden Rule," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the Barton County Historical Society meeting.

The meeting is free and open to the public, said Beverly Komarek at the Historical Society. It will be held at the Barton County Historical Museum, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281. Copies of Hall’s book will be available to purchase.

Hall grew up on a farm near Olmitz. Komarek described her book as, "a delightful mix of her memories living near Olmitz, recipes from earlier days that are still tempting, and helpful hints." It was selected by the State Library of Kansas as one of the 150 "Best Books" of Kansas in 2011.

The author received her dietetics degree from Kansas State University. She’s taught cooking and meal planning to food service employees, Girl Scouts, and 4-Hers. She served on the development committee for Kansas City Voices magazine and worked as a prose editor for the magazine. She has authored essays for "Chicken Soup for the Soul," and her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Kansas City Star and several other publications. She has taught workshops on memoir writing, editing and cooking with children.

Hall has three adult children. She lives on a bluff overlooking the Kansas River in Shawnee.