The Food Book Fair has announced this year's participant line up and it's lengthy. The event, as previously reported, aims to bring together "food enthusiasts, chefs, artists, writers, designers and publishers to celebrate the intersection between food culture and our food system." Returning to Brooklyn for its third year from April 25-27 at the Wythe Hotel, it will feature "more than 20 events, 200 books, and over 60 visionaries" as per its press release. This year's festival will also include a pop-up bookstore, a home-brew pub, special dinners, and something called a "foodbook slam."
Participants range from notable writers to chefs: Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book author Emily Elsen, Amy Thielen of The New Midwestern Table, Tim Wendelboe, author of Coffee with Tim Wendelboe, and mixologist/mad scientist/MOFAD founder, Dave Arnold will all be present. Also of interest is the number of "foodieodicals" participating this year—22 at last count—including the likes of Lucky Peach, Modern Farmer, and Cherry Bombe. Tickets will go on sale in Mid-March. More specifics and the full lineup are below:
Third Annual Food Book Fair Returns to Brooklyn April 25–27
More than 20 events, 200 books, and over 60 visionaries at a three-day celebration
at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg; pop-up bookstore to open April 18
(Brooklyn, NY – March 4, 2014) — On April 25, the annual Food Book Fair returns to Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel for its third year to present three days of food writing, reading, and activism. Each spring, food enthusiasts, publishers, book collectors, chefs, artists, activists, scholars and writers come together to explore the latest in food innovation and conversation at the Fair. This year, the weekend includes a pop-up bookstore with over 200 hand-selected titles, more than 20 independent food publications, panel discussions and author signings, a pop-up farm for kids, a homebrew brew pub,
special dinners, and a foodbook slam. The roster of world-class speakers includes Ava Chin, Laurie David, Tom Mylan, Bryant Terry, and Steve Hindy.
This year's pop-up bookstore opens a week early, April 18, and is co-presented by Word Bookstore, Squarespace, and Phaidon. elBulli 2005-2011, the iconic restaurant's seven-volume catalogue raisonné, will be available, as well as cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, and books about science, food systems, agriculture, urban design, and art and culture.
Kicking off the weekend, Friday, April 25, is the Food + Enterprise panel organized by Slow Money NYC, followed by the second annual Pitch Competition, highlighting sustainable food start-ups looking to up their game and promote their ideas to a new audience. In collaboration with Umami Festival, the fair's multi-faceted opening night event, Food + Growing + Music, takes place in the hotel's subterranean private dining room—featuring a performance by work-song musicians Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler of the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm; and a site-specific, interactive
installation from artist Leah Gauthier, chef-artist Anne Apparu, and forager Kate Galassi.
Events continue through Saturday and Sunday, with panel discussions on topics like Farming + Scalability, Food + Cocktails, and a GMO roundtable with Dave Arnold and the Museum of Food and Drink. Eight authors will take to the stage during the Foodbook Slam, a Moth-style storytelling event where the audience picks the winner. Food Book Farm, an interactive schoolyard for young agriculture enthusiasts, is planned for Saturday at Smorgasburg.
For its third annual Food Book Fair dinner on Saturday, April 26, Egg restaurant presents "Tables of Contents," inspired by "To Kill A Mockingbird." The menu, conceptualized by Egg owner George Weld and chef Evan Hanczor, includes several items taken straight from Harper Lee's novel, done up in Egg's signature Southern style. Highlights include collard greens, crackling bread, country ham, whiskey, and more.
On Saturday afternoon, the Fair hosts the third annual Foodieodicals, a showcase of food-focused publications where writers and editors can network with each other, readers, and like-minded food enthusiasts over Brooklyn Brewery beer and food provided by Quinciple. Participants include independently published 'zines, quarterlies and periodicals like Lucky Peach, Diner Journal, Cherry Bombe, Graze, Gather Journal, The Runcible Spoon, Sweets & Bitters, Middlewest, Put A Egg On It, and MOOD.
Originally presented at the Performa 11 biennial, Brew Pub (Reprise) is a project by Portland-based artist Eric Steen. The artist explores home brewing as a form of social activism by joining forces with over 20 New York City home brewers to share their normally private passion with the public. On Sunday, April 27, Brew Pub (Reprise) audiences are invited to partake in sampling the work of these amateur and expert home brewers, and mix and mingle in a space for congenial beer tasting conceived by the artist.
In celebration of umami—the "fifth taste" of savoriness, and the subject of a new book by biophysicist Ole G. Mouritsen—Food Book Fair closes out Sunday night with a dual lecture and special tasting presented by Mouritsen and Chez Jose, the collaborative, vegetable-forward chef duo of Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pamela Yung.
Food Book Fair 2014 is supported by Squarespace, Brooklyn Brewery, Rodale, Organic Valley, and Chipotle. Additional funding is provided by Mailchimp, Brooklyn Kitchen, Word Bookstore, Phaidon, The Wythe Hotel, Quinciple, Hemlock, Smorgasburg, The Yard, Fleisher's, Heritage Radio Network, and Yelp.
Additional panel topics will be announced soon. Tickets on sale early March. For more information, please visit foodbookfair.com.
Amy Thielen, The New Middlewestern Table
Ava Chin, Eating Wildly
Bryant Terry, Afro Vegan
David Tamarkin, Middlewest Magazine
Ellen Gustafson, We The Eaters
Emilie Baltz, Love Foodbook
Emily Elsen, 4 and 20 Blackbirds
Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast
Fany Gerson, My Sweet Mexico
Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts
Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, Under the Table
Laura Silver, Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
Laurie David, The Family Cooks
Maggie Gray, Labor and the Locavore
Megan Paska, The Rooftop Beekeeper
Nadia Zerouali and Merijn Tol, Under the Shade of Olive Trees
Noah Fecks, The Way We Ate
Ole G. Mouritsen, Umami
Sarah Zorn, The Brooklyn Chef's Table
Scott Chaskey, Seedtime
Steve Hindy, Craft Beer Revolution
Tim Wendelboe, Coffee With Tim Wendelboe
Tom Mylan, The Meat Hook Meat Book
Valorie Lee Schaefer, Goodness Grows
Warren Bobrow, Apothecary Cocktails
Alex Postman, Executive Editor of Rodale Books
Anne Apparu, Chef/Artist
Bennett & Edith, Worksong Musicians
Jose Ramirez-Ruiz & Pamela Yung of Chez Jose
Christophe Hille of Fleisher's
Dave Arnold, Founder and President, Museum of Food and Drink
David Gutowski and Kimberly Wetherell of DISH
Derek Denckla, Slow Money NYC
Emilia Terragni, Editorial Director of Cookbooks, Phaidon
Eric Steen, Artist
Esa Nickle, Producing Director, Performa
Evelyn Kim, Writer
George Weld & Evan Hanzcor of Egg
Leah Gauthier, Artist
Michael Hansen of Consumers Union
Taylor Erkkinen of The Brooklyn Kitchen
Theresa Marquez of Organic Valley
Chickpea Vegan Quarterly
Culture: the word on cheese
Put A Egg On It
The Runcible Spoon
Short Stack Editions
Small Thyme Cooks
Sweets & Bitters