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.

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An engaging speaker and writer, Melanie Young hosts the weekly national radio shows, The Connected Table Live, featuring conversations with global thought leaders in wine, food, spirits and hospitality (a Feedspot Top 10 Food & Drink Podcasts for 2021), and Fearless Fabulous You, a lifestyle show for and about women (both on iHeart and more than 30 other podcast platforms). Young has contributed articles on wine, spirits, food, and culinary travel to Wine Enthusiast, Seven Fifty Daily, Wine4Food and Jewish Week. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Wine Media Guild, and Women of the Vine & Spirits. Young’s former marketing and events agency, M Young Communications, worked with global wine, food organizations, publishing companies and nonprofits. She had an integral role in the creation, launch and management of The James Beard Foundation Awards, New York Restaurant Week, and Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund (2001) which raised funds to provide for the families of restaurant workers killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Instagram @theconnectedtable

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