Carolyn Anderson, the author of "Recipes Menus Prayers for Family Gatherings," will sign copies of her cookbook at Elm Street Books in New Canaan Saturday, June 2 from noon to 2:30 p.m.

The cookbook is a collection of contemporary and traditional recipes for family dinners or special occasions.

Anderson grew up in Indiana, enjoying many days on her grandparent's working farm (which she now owns), surrounded by cooks each competing to make the best home cooked meal.

Her mother and aunt were both home economics teachers.

Anderson has bachelor's degree from Boston Universoty and a master's degree from Columbia University. She attended Le Cordon Bleu's American course as well as many other cooking schools.

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She is a restaurant reviewer and the author of the "Anderson Guide to Enjoying Greenwich," published by Avocet Press (now in its eighth edition) with more than 240 restaurant reviews. She is also the author of "The Complete Book of Homemade Ice Cream," published in 1972 by Saturday Review Press and in 1974 by Bantam Books. It won awards and had many favorable reviews.

Anderson lives with her husband in Greenwich, where she is president of her own real estate firm as well as past president of the Greenwich Association of Realtors.

Her many interests include gardening, wine-making (she and her husband have had their own vineyard) and cooking.