Kate Payne has more homemade vinegars in her pantry than probably anyone else in Austin.
Strawberry, blackberry, prickly pear, peach, grape, apple, all stored in glass mason jars and old tequila and vodka bottles in the pantry of her East Austin home.
Payne, who wrote the 2011 book "The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking," has made a name for herself here by teaching cooking, canning and preservation classes, and with all that emphasis on food, it’s no surprise that her next "Hip Girl’s" book, which comes out today, is all about improving your relationship with your kitchen.
The book, "The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen: A Hit-the-Ground Running Approach to Stocking Up and Cooking Delicious, Nutritious, and Affordable Meals" (Harper Design, $19.99), comes out today, and you can get a sneak peek at my column about it that is running in tomorrow’s food section.
In that story, you’ll find Payne’s recipe for apple scrap vinegar, but this week, she’s hosting a number of free events and demonstrations for other DIY kitchen projects if you’d like to learn more. She also posts lots of recipes and helpful tips on her website, hipgirlshome.com.At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, she’s celebrating the book’s release at a free recipe swap and blackberry shrub demonstration at the Sustainable Food Center headquarters, 2921 E. 17th St. meetup.com/SFC-Friends-of-Food
Fermenting summer vegetables will be the focus of a free Slow Food Austin event at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road. slowfoodaustin.org
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, you can catch her at a book release party at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., that will include samples of her strawberry shrub cocktail. bookpeople.com