Thursday: International x Local Kickoff

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Fair Food Nation Exhibition Reception
6pm - 8pm | Ace Hotel Gallery and Lobby

We're thrilled that Interference Archive — an all-volunteer, collectively run archive of social movement ephemera — will be exhibiting Fair Food Nation in the hotel Gallery during Food Book Fair. Check out the exhibition and pop by the opening reception the first night of the Fair.

Who plants, harvests and prepares your meals? And afterwards, who does the dishes?

Fair Food Nation explores the intersection of local, national and global food issues through a presentation of archival ephemera documenting food’s integral role in the pursuit of social, racial and economic justice. Full details, here

Exhibition runs Thursday May 4th through Wednesday May 31st. Free and open to the public. 

Dinner & Some Movies
7pm - 10pm | Liberty Hall

We're feeling that worldwide vibe, kicking off the sixth annual Food Book Fair with a night of food and films showcasing an exclusive collection of stories from diasporas including Haiti, Mexico, Lebanon, Korea and beyond, in collaboration with our friends and accomplices: film studio On Plate, Cambodian pop-up Kreung and Brooklyn Brewery

We're honored to have On Plate share new and rarely-screened shorts, paired with a transportive, family-style, on-the-floor, eat-with-your-hands Cambodian feast in the vision of chef Chinchakriya Un partnered with Brooklyn Brewery chef Andrew Gerson — plus plenty of that sweet, that funk, that Brooklyn Brewery stuff to wash it all down. On the menu: trey angh (grilled catfish wrapped in banana leaf), plea (Khmer-style beef carpaccio), domlong (steamed yucca with coconut milk and chives) and much more.

On Plate's DJ pals Omar Amulfti and Raj Debah will get things going with tunes before and after the main event.

Presented by Brooklyn Brewery. Part of proceeds will benefit the mission of Kreung, a roving pop-up that raises funds for chef Un's home village and aims to heal intergenerational trauma through making and sharing food in the Cambodian-America diaspora. 

Friday: Culinary, Literary, Visionary

Friday: Culinary, Literary, Visionary

Welcome to Friday at Food Book Fair 2017! Friday tickets are available for the day-long Food Book Fair School, plus extra a la carte tickets for Literary Speed Dating and our Keynote Panel + Dinner.

Food Book Fair School: Media Bootcamp Edition
9am - 4pm | Liberty Hall

Do you work in food media? Are you aspiring to make a career jump, or level up? Simply curious or marinating on an unrequited cookbook idea? This one's for you. Join us for a day of breaking bread and breakout sessions with food media and publishing pros. A pass to this season's Food Book Fair School includes continental breakfast and lunch; mini workshops and talks on everything from pitching, proposing and self-publishing; time for peer-group gathering and networking; and Literary Speed Dating, a professional matchmaking session with top literary agents and editors.

- On authorship and co-authorship: Laurie Woolever, writer, editor, co-author "Appetites" and Genevieve Ko, author, "Better Baking" in one-on-one conversation
- On traditional publishing vs. self-publishing: Noah Fecks, photographer, author, "Toast Water,” and Victoria Granof, food stylist and co-author
- On building a brand: Allison Hooper, co-founder, Vermont Creamery
- On eating as an agricultural act: baking, fermenting and building earth from food waste: Britt Browne, artist, farmer, Finca Tierra Negra / Black Earth Farm

- On getting strangers to say yes (email edition): Naz Riahi, founder, Bitten
- On turning a blog into a book: Maya Wilson, blogger, author, "Alaska From Scratch"
- On building community: Alison Cayne, founder, Haven's Kitchen, author, "The Haven's Kitchen Cookbook" in conversation with Amanda Hesser, co-founder, Food52; moderated by Charlotte Druckman, author, "Stir, Sizzle, Bake"
- On creative partnerships: Zak Pelaccio and Peter Barrett, co-authors, "Project 258
Making Dinner at Fish & Game"

Literary Speed Dating
2pm - 4pm | Liberty Hall

A limited number of a la carte tickets are available for LSD with agents, editors, taste- and decision-makers from Clarkson Potter, Abrams BooksICM Partners, Empire Literary, Anthony Bourdain Books, Phaidon and more.

Featured agents and editorsAmanda Englander, senior editor, Clarkson Potter
Andrea Barzvi, founder, Empire Literary
Angela Miller, founder, MBG Literary
Camaren Subhiyah, editor, Abrams Books
Emily Takoudes, executive commissioning editor of food and drink, Phaidon
Jeannine Dillon, editorial director, Quarto Publishing Group
Jenni Ferrari-Adler, literary agent, Union Literary
Jennifer Levesque, vice president and editorial director, Rodale
Judy Pray, executive editor, Artisan
Julie Will, editorial director, HarperWave
Kari Stuart, literary agent, ICM Partners
Laurie Woolever, writer, editor, lieutenant, Anthony Bourdain Books (ECCO)
Maria Ribas, literary agent, Stonesong
Meg Thompson, founder, Thompson Literary
Michael Szczerban, executive editor, Little, Brown & Co
Pam Krauss, publisher, Pam Krauss Books (Penguin Random House)
Sarah Billingsley, executive editor, Chronicle Books
Sierra Tishgart, senior editor, Grub Street
Stephanie Pesakoff, founder, Art Department Illustration Division

Keynote Panel Discussion + Dinner: What We Talk About When We Talk About Eating*
6pm - 9:30pm | Liberty Hall

*And making, sharing, selling and documenting — food today, in 2017, in the United States and the world.

Food Book Fair's 2017 keynote conversation features top voices in the food world exploring what it means to be engaged in the business, pleasure and politics of food today. 

Featured speakers
April Bloomfield, chef, author
Ken Friedman, restaurateur
Samin Nosrat, chef, author and teacher
Mario Batali, chef, author, educator, TV host
Myisha Priest, associate professor, New York University, author
Moderated by Frank Bruni, author, The New York Times columnist

After we talk about eating, we eat. Join us for a "New Americana" dinner by the esteemed speakers on our Friday night panel. Chefs April Bloomfield, Mario Batali and Samin Nosrat will each take turns in the kitchen and dining room, with a special interlude inspired by Frank Bruni's latest book, "A Meatloaf in Every Oven," and dessert from Nicholas Morgenstern of Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream and wine by Andre Hueston Mack of Mouton Noir Wines.

On the menu: kuku sabzi (Persian egg dish) with barberries, feta, walnuts and shaved radishes; agnolotti del plin with brown butter, sage and castelmagno; porchetta, and more to be announced.

Signed copies of books by featured speakers will be available for purchase.

Saturday: Workshops, Salons, Foodieodicals & More Pt. I

Saturday: Workshops, Salons, Foodieodicals & More Pt. I

Our weekend days at Food Book Fair offer something for everyone: Guest chef meals, thought-provoking workshops and salon sessions, book signings, and our signature Foodieodicals zine fest.

"Tartine All Day" Breakfast with Liz Prueitt x April Bloomfield
9am - 11am | John Dory Oyster Bar

Celebrate "Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook" with breakfast inspired by the book, co-hosted and co-cheffed by two of the bombest bosses we know: chef-author and Tartine godmother Elisabeth Prueitt and chef-author and our Ace host-with-the-most April Bloomfield. Speaking of the bombe: The chefs will be joined in conversation by Kerry Diamond, co-founder of Cherry Bombe magazine.

Menu to be announced.

A copy of "Tartine All Day" is included with each ticket.

Morning Workshop: Identity Cooking with Michael W. Twitty
10am - 11:30am | Loft Suite

What happens when the recipe cards aren't there? Michael W. Twitty leads this discussion-based workshop on how to connect with ancestral cuisine(s) despite genealogical, familial, linguistic and other barriers.

Twitty will share guidelines, talking points and tips for navigating this particular journey of food and identity, drawing on his own work and experience as the award-winning blogger behind Afroculinaria and author of the forthcoming "The Cooking Gene."

"This is heritage cooking and identity cooking at work here," he says. "People want to know where they come from. This is for those who have a smattering of everything but feel they have a whole lot of nothing but want it all, the whole story. This is how to recapture your culinary past despite the brick walls, bad cooks, dead relatives and lapsed interest, and maybe even pass it on to future generations."

Pre-orders for "The Cooking Gene" and author meet-and-greet takes place immediately after, 11:30am - 12pm | Kitchen Arts & Letters in the Ace Hotel Lobby

Morning Salon: Riverhead Table with Katie Kitamura and Emma Straub
10am - 11:30am | Board Room

Come meet, greet, and eat with bestselling novelists Emma Straub and Katie Kitamura at a special FBF edition of Riverhead Table. A publisher of prize-winning fiction, Riverhead Books also regularly invites readers to join its authors over food and drink inspired by their books. We’ll have hors d’oeuvres inspired by Straub’s newest novel "Modern Lovers" and Kitamura’s newest novel "A Separation," recipes you can reproduce at home, and both authors on hand to sign books.

Book signings for "A Separation" and "Modern Lovers" take place immediately after, 11:30am - 12pm | Kitchen Arts & Letters in the Ace Hotel Lobby.

12pm - 4pm | Liberty Hall, Ace Hotel Lobby

Our one-of-a-kind, only-at-Food-Book-Fair, signature independent-magazine-festival-within-the-fair is back! "Foodieodicals" is food + periodicals; it's one of's Banned Words of 2014 ("[L]et's not make this a thing," Raphael Brion, September 5, 2014); it's really, truly, far-and-away the overall Food Book Fair fan favorite. 

Now it's twice as good with two days of shopping, swapping and snacking with magazine makers and their wares from around the world, down in Liberty Hall — plus installations and activities taking over the Ace Lobby. Special playlists by Snacky Tunes!

Full list of participants soon to be announced.

Afternoon Salon: Food Beyond Borders
1pm - 2:30pm | Loft Suite

How do you write a recipe when it's never been written down? How do you explain, in words, how to make rice when it was taught to you nonverbally, gesturally? How does food translate, beyond language, when the person who makes the food finds themselves on the other side of the world, voluntarily or involuntarily? This salon explores challenges and transcendence with folks cooking, making and writing in multiple diasporas. Join us for this roundtable conversation featuring White Moustache co-founder Homa Dashtaki, Chakriya Un of the Cambodian pop-up Kreung and cookbook editor Jenn Sit, moderated by "Cooking Solo" author Klancy Miller.

Literaryswag Book Club x Food Book Fair presents,
Have You Eaten Today?: On James Baldwin, Food, and Self-care
1pm - 3pm | Board Room

From Literaryswag founder Yahdon Israel:

There's a scene in Spike Lee's 1992 biopic Malcolm X that depicts Betty Shabazz asking Malcolm a question: "Do you know what Sister Harriet Tubman did between taking souls to the Promised Land?" "I don't know," Malcolm answered. "She ate."

It was a subtle scene about the importance of self-care. In this context, eating, like freedom fighting, is a radical act of resistance. That for all the emotional, spiritual and intellectual energy exhausted to fight for change, we must be reminded of our bodies. That we have them. That they are real. And that we need to take care of them. We need to feed them. Not only with knowledge. But with food. With this in mind, it's come of great interest to me that there are no images (if any) of James Baldwin eating. This could be a sign of the times. Meals are by and large considered to be a very intimate affair and photographing those moments can violate those private moments. But if you read his essays, some of his most poignant conversations and important events happen at the dinner table.

Join the Literaryswag Book Club and very special guest Jessica B. Harris as we talk about the importance of food in Baldwin's life. To ask someone if they've eaten is expression of care, love and intimacy. When we consider how much food for thought that Baldwin has given us, this event is a way of giving thought to how food made him a better writer, better thinker, and human being.

A copy of Dr. Harris's new book, "My Soul Looks Back," is included with every ticket. Discounted rate for members of Literaryswag Book Club. For more on the club, click here.

Afternoon Salon: New York City Markets: Past, Present, and Future
3pm - 4pm | Board Room

This roundtable discussion will explore the history of urban marketplaces and their adaptation to meet the needs of changing communities as well as evolving trends in how we shop in urban, suburban and exurban centers. 

Speakers include author Michael Ruhlman, Doria Santlofer representing "Food City: Four Centuries of Food Making in New York", Rohan Mehra, co-founder of the Prusik Group, creators of The Market Line, and Anne Saxelby, founder and co-owner, Saxelby Cheesemongers

A copy of "Grocery" is included with each ticket. Book signing for "Grocery" takes place immediately after, 4pm - 4:30pm | Kitchen Arts & Letters in the Ace Hotel Lobby.

Cocktail Hour Conversation with Alex Raij & Friends
5pm - 6:30pm | Loft Suite

Chef and author Alex Raij hosts a spirited conversation about Jewish food around the world with Jewish Food Society founder Naama Shefi and Eli Sussman, chef-owner of Samesa. Drop in for discussion, tapas inspired by "The Basque Book" and her New York Spanish restaurants, and gin and tonics thanks to Monkey 47.

Book signing for "The Basque Book" take place immediately after, 6:30pm - 7pm | | Kitchen Arts & Letters in the Ace Hotel Lobby

The Art of "Dinner" Time with Melissa Clark, Melanie Dunea & Friends
7pm - 10pm | Liberty Hall

Melissa Clark (author, “Dinner: Changing the Game”; columnist, The New York Times) and Melanie Dunea (photographer, author, “My Last Supper”) present a multi-sensory, multi-part evening experience at Food Book Fair that explores why dinner is the best time of your day. Food and drink will be interwoven with elements including

- A special reading of "The Hungry Ear" with Kevin Young (director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; poetry editor, The New Yorker)
- Interactive gin cocktail bar with Monkey47
- Photographs
- Book signings, a sweet takeaway treat from Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream, and more

On the menu: soft-shell crab with lime salsa verde; Turkish lamb chops with sumac, dill and tahini; asparagus polenta with burrata; citrus salad with olives. 

A copy of "Dinner" is included with each ticket.

Sunday: Workshops, Salons, Foodieodicals & More Pt. II

Sunday: Workshops, Salons, Foodieodicals & More Pt. II

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Sundays are for lovers, mothers, others. Come through for Day Two of guest chef meals, hands-on, thought-provoking workshops and salon sessions, book signings, and our signature Foodieodicals zine fest. 

"Salad for President" Breakfast with Julia Sherman
9 AM - 11 AM | John Dory Oyster Bar

Start your Sunday at Food Book Fair with a spring-time feast to celebrate the launch of Julia Sherman's debut title, "Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired By Artists." This vibrant compendium of fresh recipes and compelling interviews with creative people stems from her popular website of the same name. Enjoy sesame rose milk, soft eggs with avocado and spicy salsa, herb salad with pumpkin seed oil toast, and more as Sherman gives the scoop on the book in conversation with Bon Appetit editor-at-large Christine Muhlke. A copy of the book is included with each ticket, along with a limited-edition Baggu x Salad For President tote bag, veggie stickers and top secret collaboration with Goodwater Farms.

Looking to take Mother's Day brunch from drab to fab? Treat mom to this special morning-time takeover of John Dory Oyster Bar and her glass of bubbles is on us.

Presented by Abrams Books.

FBF, JR. x Nibble+squeak Brunch
10 AM - 12 PM | The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

This ain't your mother's Mother's Day brunch. We team up with Nibble+squeak, our favorite dining club for parents with pipsqueaks, for brunch at The Breslin plus a reading of "Bake Sale" by Sara Varon and musical stylings by Amy Virginia Buchanan.

Morning Workshop: You Art What You Eat with Libby VanderPloeg
10am - 11:30am | Loft Suite

Tap into food memories as a vehicle for story-telling with Libby VanderPloeg, a designer and illustrator whose work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Design*Sponge and in books, most recently Jeremiah Tower's "Table Manners." (Or perhaps you know her viral GIFs of women lifting as they climb or pussy grabbing back.) VanderPloeg will lead workshop participants through creative prompts, guidelines and general instruction before setting everyone loose to create their own poster-size, visual documents. Silk-screened posters, drawing and collage materials will be provided. No experience necessary. Participants are welcome to use the poster parameters however they wish!

Morning Workshop: Beyond Fundraisers: Community organizing through food with Evelyn Kim x Food Issues Group
10am - 11:30 am | Board Room

How can we do more than fundraiser dinners? This workshop explores how those working within food systems — e.g. chefs, farmers, retail establishments — can go beyond charity towards community organizing and meaningful participation in social justice. Food activist and writer Evelyn Kim along with members of Food Issues Group (FIG) will share their experiences in engaging in community projects and grassroots movement building. Workshop participants will discuss ideas, successes, and perhaps most importantly, solutions to the common challenges of running food businesses in ethical & sustainable ways, such as limited capacity in terms of space, time, and staff, legal constraints, and tight margins. 

12pm - 4 pm | Liberty Hall, Ace Hotel Lobby

Our one-of-a-kind, only-at-Food-Book-Fair, signature independent-magazine-festival-within-the-fair is back! "Foodieodicals" is food + periodicals; it's one of's Banned Words of 2014 ("[L]et's not make this a thing," Raphael Brion, September 5, 2014); it's really, truly, far-and-away the overall Food Book Fair fan favorite.

Now it's twice as good with two days of shopping, swapping and snacking with magazine makers and their wares from around the world, down in Liberty Hall — plus installations and activities taking over the Ace Lobby. Special playlists by Snacky Tunes! 

Full list of participants soon to be announced.

Afternoon Salon: "Young Farmers" Roundtable with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
1pm - 2:30pm | Loft Suite

Celebrate the release of the first book from Stone Barns CenterLetters to a Young Farmer, an anthology of 36 essays and letters from some of the greatest farmers, writers and leaders of our time. In this conversation led by young farmers and author and journalist Amy Halloran, hear from and talk with young farmers about their role in the future of food, farmland and communities.

Afternoon Salon: On "Diversity" with Food52
1pm - 2:30 pm | Board Room

Food Book Fair and Food52 co-host a roundtable discussion on how food media can rigorously and responsibly diversify its voices along racial, gender, age-based lines, and beyond.

What are publications doing to ensure another pho-gate doesn't happen? How are publications protecting people of color, women, queer, or other minority writers from dealing with harassment? How do people in positions of editorial power respond to demands that food is an apolitical space? What are strategies for providing meaningful, intentional coverage and content that reflect a broader swath of voices than mainstream media is used to — and how do allies and accomplices continue to push the boundaries of what is expected?

Featured speakers include

Andrea Nguyen, cookbook author, teacher, consultant
Mayukh Sen, staff writer, Food52
Kenzi Wilbur, managing editor, Food52
Khushbu Shah, senior food editor, Thrillist
Stephen A. Satterfield, writer, founder, Whetstone Magazine
Kimberly Chou Tsun An, co-director, Food Book Fair

Book signing for "The Pho Cookbook" takes place immediately after, 2:30pm - 3pm | Kitchen Arts & Letters in the Ace Hotel Lobby.