If you’re in New York City, we hope you’ll stop by the sixth annual Food Book Fair, which will be held at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan starting tomorrow. It’s a hybrid conference-and-festival for food lovers. This year, the fair is four days long, and features a motley of workshops, salons, and talks. (Of course, there’ll be a lot to eat, too.)
Speakers throughout the event include Laurie Woolever, Frank Bruni, Samin Nosrat, Michael Twitty, Liz Prueitt, Melissa Clark, April Bloomfield, and Mario Batali. (I’m especially excited for Saturday’s talk on James Baldwin and what he ate.) Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to the Food Book Fair’s widely-beloved Foodieodicals (yes, that's a portmanteau of "food" and "periodicals"), a festival-within-a-festival featuring independent food magazines from all over the world.
As for where Food52 will be showing up, our very own Amanda Hesser will be speaking about building our community—a concern that’s pretty much baked into the DNA of our company—with Alison Cayne of Haven’s Kitchen on Friday. On Sunday, our Managing Editor Kenzi Wilbur and I will both be speaking about “diversity” in food media. We’ll be tackling topics like how to minimize the harassment that minority writers receive and how to push up against the idea that food is apolitical by nature.
Tickets are available a la carte, and they run between $5 and $150—pay what you’d like. Take a look at the list of events, see what piques your interest, and roll through if you can. We'd love to see you there.
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.