First Press News Vol. 25 No. 05

Lindsay Gardner and Jessica Harris

LDNY's Authors in Conversation June 15 Virtual Book Salon

“Authors in Conversation,” a new book salon series presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier New York, kicks off Tuesday, June 15, 7 p.m. EST with Lindsay Gardner, illustrator and author of “Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection” (Workman, March 2021). Joining the conversation with Gardner is Dr. Jessica B. Harris, one of the book’s esteemed all-women contributors and one of the nation’s leading experts on the African Diaspora.

This virtual book salon is open to the public. Registrants will receive a promo code for 20% off the book, courtesy of Workman Publishing. For details and to reserve, visit Eventbrite- Authors in Conversation.

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About the book:

Women are often overlooked in the food industry. Recent studies found that while women held 49 percent of entry-level food industry positions, only 23.9 percent of chefs and head cooks were women—and Black, Indigenous, and other women of color made up an even smaller slice of that percentage.

Seeking to shine a spotlight on the perspectives and achievements of women in food, artist Lindsay Gardner was spurred to action, creating an inspiring, empowering, beautiful, and moving celebration of the place where food meets feminism. The result reveals the power of food to nourish, uplift, inspire curiosity, and effect change. Why We Cook is a collection of diverse, multicultural portraits and essays by women in the food and wine profession.

Lindsay Gardner (Photo: Smeeta Mahanti)

About the author

Lindsay Gardner’s watercolor and gouache illustrations have appeared in cookbooks and editorial projects, advertising campaigns, and stationery and interior design collaborations. Her food art has appeared in “Cookie Advent Cookbook” (Chronicle, 2016), “Pies, Fries, and Ice Cream” (Chronicle, 2016), and “The Rituals” (Chronicle, 2019). IG @lindsaygardnerart

Jessica B. Harris (Photo: Roger Walker)

About the contributor:

Jessica B. Harris is the author, editor, or translator of eighteen books, including twelve cookbooks on the subject of the African Diaspora. She is currently leading the Culinary Institute of America’s new African Diaspora Foodways initiative. Dr. Harris is also the lead curator for the exhibit African/American: Making the Nation’s Table to be presented by New York’s Museum of Food and Drink in 2022. Dr. Harris holds numerous awards and accolades, including an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Johnson & Wales University. IG @drjessicabharris

Les Dames d’Escoffier New York is the founding chapter of the international 501c3 nonprofit, Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a philanthropic organization dedicated to advocacy, education, and mentoring for women in food, fine beverage, and hospitality.

Melanie Young writes and hosts the weekly national radio shows, The Connected Table Live, featuring conversations with global thought leaders in wine, food, spirits, and hospitality (one of Feedspot’s Top Food & Drink Podcasts to listen to in 2021) and Fearless Fabulous You!, a lifestyle show for and about women (both on iHeart and more than 30 other podcast platforms). She has contributed articles on wine, spirits, food, and culinary travel to Wine Enthusiast, Seven Fifty Daily Wine4Food, The Epoch Times, and Jewish Week. Melanie is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Wine of the Vine & Spirits, and Wine Media Guild and a frequent event speaker and moderator on wine, entrepreneurship, and career reinvention. She formerly ran an eponymous marketing and culinary-events agency. She consulted for numerous global wine trade organizations and served as director of the James Beard Foundation Awards, which she helped create. She is the author of two award-winning books on health: “Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless & Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer” and “Fearless Fabulous You! Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms.”

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