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The American Beach Cookbook 
with Marsha Dean Phelts

American Beach resident and local author, Marsha Dean Phelts, will present a cooking demonstration, sharing recipes and history of American Beach, based on her book, The American Beach Cookbook published in 2008. This virtual event will take place on Thursday, March 4 from 7:00  - 8:00pm. Complete the registration form below to receive a link to the live event.


The book is available locally at The Bookloft.

Marsha Dean Phelts, a Jacksonville native is a fifth generation Floridian First Coast of Florida.  Her rewarding career was spent as a children’s librarian in the Duval County Public School System and Florida Genealogy Librarian in the Jacksonville Public Library System.  Now a full time resident of American Beach Phelts enjoys researching and writing about people and places who make the region a great place to call home. In 1997, Marsha Dean Phelts became author of the first book written on American Beach, An American Beach for African Americans.  She has since written The American Beach Cookbook, and the 75th Anniversary Edition of The American Beach Book of Homes, as well and several other books. Phelts is a life member of the NAACP, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the American Association of University Women, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society and Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm. She has also served on several boards and committees 


As she settles in the fourth quarter of her life, Phelts is an active member of several organizations and committees. Before the Coronavirus pandemic Marsha and husband, Michael Phelts along with granddaughter, Kayaunna Dean traveled globally.

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