Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 Literary\Arts Series continues with food52.com co-founder and award-winning food writer Amanda Hesser at Benaroya Hall on March 8, 2012, at 7:30pm. The evening will include a Q&A led by Seattle food writer and restaurateur Molly Wizenberg.
Readers were introduced to Hesser when her articles “Cooking for Mr. Latte,” which combined recipes with the story of her courtship with husband-to-be Tad Friend, appeared in the New York Times Magazine. As the Times’ food reporter, she wrote, and ate for, over 800 stories; as food editor at the Times Magazine, she compiled her essay collection, Eat, Memory. The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century (aka Amanda’s Big Red Book), which was five years in the making and both a bestseller and winner of a James Beard Award, now resides on the shelves of great cooks everywhere, joining Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, both of which won the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Literary Food Writing.
Hesser left the Times in late March 2008, and wrapped up her work at the New York Times Magazine with her final "Recipe Redux" feature on February 27, 2011. Her latest endeavor is the groundbreaking site, food52.com, co-founded with Merrill Stubbs, to “give people from all over the world a way to exchange their ideas,…to celebrate each other’s talents,…and to create a buzzing place for others who do what we do all day long: talk about food.”
Tickets for the Hesser lecture and all SAL events are available from the SAL Box Office by calling 206-621-2230 or on the SAL website at www.lectures.org. Tickets start at $15 or $5 for students (pre-sale only; students are eligible for free tickets with student ID on a space-available basis at the SAL Box Office starting at 6pm day-of-show).