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The Soul Pages book club meets to discuss their May book, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Tonight, The Book Cellar Book Club gets together to discuss A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
Join us at Nico Osteria with chef, Eric Ripert, presenting his new book, 32 Yolks.
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About Eric Ripert:
Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin. The celebrated restaurant has held three stars from the Michelin Guide since its inception in 2005, ranks 21 on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and was most recently rated New York City’s top restaurant for food and service by the Zagat 2015 guide. The restaurant has maintained a consistent “29” food rating, the highest in the city, from the guide since 2010, and has upheld a four-star review from The New York Times for over two decades. It has never dropped a star throughout five reviews, and is the only restaurant to maintain four stars for that length of time. In September 2011, Ripert unveiled the next chapter in the restaurant’s history: a significant redesign from Bentel & Bentel that earned Le Bernardin a James Beard Award for “Best Restaurant Design” in 2012, followed by a 2013 “Outstanding Restaurateur” award for co-owner Maguy Le Coze. In September 2014, Ripert and Le Coze opened Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, a casual spot just steps from Le Bernardin named for their acclaimed wine director, and Le Bernardin Privé, a dynamic private events space upstairs.
Additionally, Ripert has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to open Blue in Grand Cayman, is Vice Chairman of the board of City Harvest, and is a recipient of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor. He has hosted YouTube’s “On the Table,” which debuted on the RESERVE CHANNEL in July 2012, and was also the host of his own Emmy-award winning PBS TV series “Avec Eric,” which will return for a third season in winter 2015. Ripert is the author of five cookbooks, including Avec Eric (2010), On the Line (2008), A Return to Cooking (2002), Le Bernardin – Four Star Simplicity (1998) and most recently, My Best: Eric Ripert (2014), an illustrated recipe guide to 10 of his signature dishes.
About 32 Yolks:
There are few chefs in the world who have accomplished more than Eric Ripert. Since named its executive chef, Le Bernardin has maintained a three-star Michelin rating and is the only restaurant to have earned five consecutive four-star ratings from The New York Times. Ripert himself has received four James Beard Awards including "Outstanding Chef of the Year" and "Best Chef in New York," starred in three seasons of the Emmy Award-winning Avec Eric on PBS-TV and the Cooking Channel, and is a regular guest on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN. Before all of this and even before he knew how to make a proper hollandaise sauce, Eric Ripert was a young boy in the South of France who found solace from a difficult childhood in his mother’s kitchen. Ripert’s debut memoir 32 Yolks takes readers from Antibes, France, where he was born, and Andorra, a small country over the Spanish border, to some of the most celebrated and demanding kitchens in Paris, serving under legendary chefs such as Joel Robuchon and Dominique Bouchet. Like Jacques Pepin's classic memoir The Apprentice, Eric Ripert's is a coming of age story about how he learned to cook and finally found his place in the kitchen.
Join us at The Book Cellar with author Allison Amend, with her new book, Enchanted Islands.
About Allison Amend:
ALLISON AMEND was born in Chicago, Illinois, on a day when the Cubs beat the Mets 2-0. In high school, Allison lived for a year with a Spanish family in Barcelona and now speaks fluent Catalan. She attended Stanford University, graduating with honors in Comparative Literature. After college, she lived in Lyon, France on a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. Allison then attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, receiving a Maytag and a Teaching/Writing Fellowship.
Allison’s debut short story collection, Things That Pass for Love (OV/Dzanc Books, 2008) won a bronze Independent Publisher’s award. Stations West, a historical novel, was published by Louisiana State University Press as part of its Yellow Shoe Fiction series in March 2010 and was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award.
A Nearly Perfect Copy was published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in April 2013, who will also release her fourth novel, Enchanted Islands, on May 24, 2016.
Allison lives in New York City, where she teaches creative writing at Lehman College in the Bronx and at the Red Earth MFA.
About Enchanted Islands:
In a novel based on the real-life escapades of Frances and Ainslie Conway, Amend (A Nearly Perfect Copy, 2013) augments the couple's audacious adventures as American spies during WWII with the backstory of how a poor Jewish girl came to be involved in international espionage. Readers meet Franny Frankowski as a willful child in Depression-era Duluth who escapes her family's economic and moral tyranny by running off to Chicago with her best friend, the beautiful but flirtatious Rosalie Mendel. After they are torn apart by love and betrayal, Franny eventually makes her way to San Francisco, where she is recruited by U.S. Naval Intelligence for an unlikely assignment: the arranged marriage to an officer spying on German settlers of the Galapagos Islands. As a middle-aged woman resigned to spinsterhood, Franny accepts the chance to perhaps find the romance and adventure that always eluded her in Rosalie's company. In this shrewdly textured yet directly told tale of an unorthodox life, Amend fills Franny's worlds of poverty, intrigue, and indignant old age with rewarding vibrancy and touching vulnerability.(Booklist 2016, American Library Association.)
The not-for-profit, Write to Release celebrates the offical launch of their literary magazine Write to Release Review at the Book Cellar.
About Write to Release :
Write to Release—a 501(c)(3) charity organization based in Chicago—was founded in the belief that the main flaw within the United States penal system is its primary reliance on punitive measures. If we are to end the “revolving-door” nature of our corrections system, (a 2011 study indicated 51.7% of Illinois inmates return to prison within 3 years of release), the focus must rely predominantly on rehabilitation. Write to Release seeks to help our correctional institutions pursue these rehabilitative measures towards the individual offender.
To that end, Write to Release facilitates creative writing workshops in jails and prisons. Other activities include publication of the work-product from those programs in our literary magazine, Write to Release Review.
To learn more about the organization and their magazine, visit http://writetorelease.org/
The Desi Lit Book Club meets to discuss their June book, Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama.