Join us for a special Focus On Food event with Chef Edward Lee, author of Buttermilk Graffiti
, in conversation with Jeff Gordinier, food and drinks editor of Esquire Magazine.
American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for Edward Lee, who, like Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton, is as much a writer as he is a chef, that first surprising bite is just the beginning. What about the people behind the food? What about the traditions, the innovations, the memories?
A natural-born storyteller, Lee decided to hit the road and spent two years uncovering fascinating narratives from every corner of the country. There’s a Cambodian couple in Lowell, Massachusetts, and their efforts to re-create the flavors of their lost country. A Uyghur café in New York’s Brighton Beach serves a noodle soup that seems so very familiar and yet so very exotic—one unexpected ingredient opens a window onto an entirely unique culture. A beignet from Café du Monde in New Orleans, as potent as Proust’s madeleine, inspires a narrative that tunnels through time, back to the first Creole cooks, then forward to a Korean rice-flour hoedduck and a beignet dusted with matcha.
Sixteen adventures, sixteen vibrant new chapters in the great evolving story of American cuisine. And forty recipes, created by Lee, that bring these new dishes into our own kitchens.
Edward Lee is the author of Smoke & Pickles; chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky; and culinary director of Succotash in National Harbor, Maryland, and Penn Quarter, Washington, DC. He appears frequently in print and on television, including earning an Emmy nomination for his role in the Emmy Award–winning series The Mind of a Chef. Most recently, he wrote and hosted the feature documentary Fermented. He lives in Louisville and Washington, DC, and you can find him on Instagram and Twitter @chefedwardlee.
Jeff Gordinier is the food & drinks editor of Esquire magazine. Over the years his writing has appeared regularly in publications such as The New York Times, Details, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Travel + Leisure, the website of the Poetry Foundation, and Outside. He is the author of the 2008 book X Saves the World and the co-editor, with Marc Weingarten, of 2015's Here She Comes Now, a collection of essays about women in music. He is currently working on a book about the Danish chef René Redzepi.
FocusOn: Food will engage patrons of all ages as we leverage Library resources to explore our relationship with, and the future of food - from a historical, environmental, technological and very personal perspective.
FocusOn: Food is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event through Diane’s Books. This series is open to all at no charge. Please register online using the Library’s online calendar. Doors will open at 6:15 pm.
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