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Happy Memorial Day! We will have alternate hours from 10am-5pm.
Join us at The Book Cellar for a special conversation between Steve Krakow, author of The Secret History of Chicago Music and Ray Robertson, author of The Lives of the Poets (With Guitars). Conversation will be moderated by longtime music critic at the Chicago Reader Philip Montoro.
About Steve Krakow:
Steve Krakow ("Plastic Crimewave") is a writer, illustrator, and musician. He is the editor of Galactic Zoo Dossier, founder of the Million Tongues Festival, and frontman for Plastic Crimewave Syndicate. He draws the "Secret History of Chicago Music" comic for the Chicago Reader and WGN. Krakow also plays in bands and has toured internationally for nearly twenty years.
About My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music:
My Kind of Sound compiles more than a decade worth of “The Secret History of Chicago Music,” the illustrated column by Steve Krakow (“Plastic Crimewave”) that has been printed bi-weekly in the Chicago Reader since 2005. There is much to discover in these stories; amidst the slighted fame, botched contracts, overdoses, and break-ups, Krakow spotlights the glory that exists in making music. This compendium features Chicago musicians who somehow haven't gotten their just dues.
"The Secret History of Chicago Music has developed into an important study of the obscure blues, jazz, rock, funk, soul, folk, R&B, and punk musicians from Chicago’s rich and diverse musical history."
—Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
About Ray Robertson:
Ray Robertson is the author of the novels "I Was There the Night He Died, Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, " and "David," as well as two collections of non-fiction: "Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing" and, most recently, "Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live," which was short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. He lives in Toronto.
About Lives of the Poets (with Guitars):
Robertson brings a good ear and plenty of critical insight to essays aimed at helping readers discover new favorites or hear more familiar music from a fresh perspective. The book features an eclectic selection of artists, from the much-beloved (Little Richard, the Ramones) to the legendary and seminal (Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Gram Parsons) to the truly obscure (fellow Canadian Willie P. Bennett).
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.