Have a voracious appetite for great eats—and good reads? Get your fill at the sixth annual Food Book Fair, a part festival, part conference that explores the intersection of eating, reading, and writing.
Taking place at Ace Hotel New York from Thursday, May 11, to Sunday, May 14, the toothsome affair invites media junkies and epicureans alike to interact with some of the food industry’s top tastemakers, partake in hearty discussions, and relish one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Think: eating family-style…on the floor…with your hands. If you’re into that.
Why You Should Go: Whether you’re literarily or literally starved, you’re bound to walk away with a fuller mind—and stomach. Tickets to each event are sold à la carte—which means you can cherry-pick the ones you crave…and pass on everything else. Here are some of the delectable events that are making us hungry just thinking about them.
Dinner & Some Movies
Thursday, May 11
$85 (plus $5.24 fee)
Take in a series of rarely seen short films featuring a collection of tales from diasporas including Haiti, Korea, Lebanon, and Mexico from film studio On Plate. Dig into a (literal) hands-on feast—showcasing authentic Cambodian dishes such as trey angh (grilled catfish wrapped in banana leaf), plea (Khmer-style beef carpaccio), and domlong (steamed yucca with chives and coconut milk)—prepared by pop-up restaurant Kreung’s chef, Chinchakriya Un, in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery chef Andrew Gerson during the movie marathon, all while digesting the sounds of DJs Raj Debah and Omar Amulfti before and after the main event. This globe-spanning party happens to be for a good cause: A portion of the proceeds will benefit Un’s home village in Cambodia and go toward healing “the intergenerational trauma through making and sharing food in the Cambodian-America diaspora.”
Food Book Fair School: Media Bootcamp Edition & Literary Speed Dating
Friday, May 12
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
$125 (plus $7.24 fee); à la carte tickets for those looking to cut straight to Literary Speed Dating are also available for $35 (plus $2.74 fee)
Interested in sinking your teeth into the media world—or have a great cookbook idea? Spend the day rubbing elbows with industry bigwigs and publishing pros during talks and mini workshops, where you’ll discover the difference between traditional and self-publishing, receive tips on how to turn a blog into a book, and even learn how to perfect your elevator pitch.
Participate in peer-group gatherings and networking sessions, not to mention a lively round of Literary Speed Dating, where you’ll have the chance to meet face-to-face with a slew of editors and agents from a number of agencies—among them Anthony Bourdain Books, Phaidon, Rodale, ICM Partners, and Penguin Random House.
Keynote Panel Discussion + Dinner: What We Talk About When We Talk About Eating
Friday, May 12
$150 (plus $8.49 fee)
Moderated by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, the festival’s crème de la crème will see a handful of the food realm’s top influencers take the podium during the 2017 keynote conversation, set to examine the notion of food from a business, pleasure, and political standpoint.
After what promises to be a riveting evening panel, witness chefs Mario Batali, April Bloomfield, and Samin Nosrat in action in the kitchen and dining room, where guests will sit down for a “New Americana” dinner prepared by the culinary greats.
Among the thoughtful plates on the menu are kuku sabzi—a Persian egg dish with barberries, feta, walnuts, and shaved radishes—and agnolotti del plin, with brown butter, sage, and Castelmagno. Bonus treats include dessert from Nicholas Morgenstern (of Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream), wine by André Hueston Mack (of Mouton Noir Wines), and a special presentation of Bruni’s latest book, A Meatloaf in Every Oven.
Tartine All Day Breakfast With Liz Prueitt x April Bloomfield
Saturday, May 13
$75 (plus $4.74 fee)
Here’s a rare chance to get a taste of one of the West Coast’s top pastry shops: Elisabeth Prueitt—cofounder of San Francisco’s beloved Tartine Bakery—is whipping up a scrumptious breakfast created in conjunction with April Bloomfield (the culinary genius behind New York’s Michelin-starred The Spotted Pig).
Chat with the veteran chefs alongside Cherry Bombe magazine cofounder Kerry Diamond while dining on delectable fare—inspired by Prueitt’s Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook—at John Dory Oyster Bar.
Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14
Noon–4 p.m. (enter at noon or 2 p.m.)
$5 (plus $1.24 fee)
Pick up the latest gastronomical issues, limited-edition swag, and a few food-centric tips and tricks as you meet, shop, and snack with a food editorial who’s who from more than two dozen independent culinary mags—including Ambrosia, Spoonful , Jarry, and Drift—at this spirited zine-fest, a perennial Food Book Fair fan fave.
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