Sarah Leah Chase, author of several nationally acclaimed cookbooks; co-author of the groundbreaking 1985 “Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook”; food columnist; and recipe consultant to Ina Garten, will celebrate the release of her newest book, “New England Open House Cookbook,” Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St. Chase will give a short talk about her career beginning 2 p.m., then sign copies of all her cookbooks.

Chase’s career path is a most interesting one. She graduated from Harvard, where she studied European intellectual history and worked across the street from Julia Child. When she was packing up at the end of her senior year, she noticed that her stack of Gourmet magazines towered over the research books for her thesis.

“I thought the magazines were a good clue about what I wanted to do in my life,” she said, and fans of cooking and cookbooks are delighted she followed her heart.

Fresh out of college, Chase opened a gourmet food shop on Nantucket and, while running the labor-intensive business, made a name for herself by being invited to co-author the influential “Silver Palate” cookbook.   Over the next decade, she wrote the “Nantucket Open-House Cookbook” (with her brother Jonathan, currently chef at Buck’s in Brooklin,

“Cold-Weather Cooking,” “Saltwater Seasonings: Good Food from Coastal Maine,” “Pedaling Through Provence” and “Pedaling Through Burgundy.” There are more than 3.4 million copies of her cookbooks in print.

With “New England Open House Cookbook,” Chase celebrates the people and places throughout New England that hold special significance for her. The cookbook reflects the bountiful ingredients and recipes of New England, served up in evocative prose, gorgeous full-color photographs and 300 delicious recipes.

Chase and her family live on Cape Cod where, with her husband, she runs Coastal Goods, a retailer of fine herbal seasoning blends. She also writes a food column for the Nantucket newspaper, teaches cooking at select schools throughout the United States and is already considering a sequel to the this latest cookbook.

The public is warmly welcomed to attend this free event. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 338-9009 or emailing Left Bank Books for reservations and more information. Copies of all of Chase’s books will be available for purchase and can be pre-ordered for singing by those who cannot attend.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or