Food stories can be as intimate and revealing as stories of love, work, or coming-of-age. Each of the six women in this entertaining biography is iconically famous, but until now, nobody has chronicled their lives through their individual relationships to food. A few of the women included in this group portrait: Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and rigorous protector of the worst cook in White House history; Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress, who challenges our warm associations of food, family, and table; and Helen Gurley Brown, the editor of Cosmopolitan, whose commitment to "having it all" meant having almost nothing on the plate except a supersized portion of diet gelatin.
Laura Shapiro has written on every food topic from champagne to Jell-O for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Gourmet, and many other publications. She is the author of three classic books of culinary history. Her awards include a James Beard Journalism Award and one from the National Women's Political Caucus. She has been a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. FOr this event, Laura will be in conversation with Sara Paretsky. Sara Paretsky is the New York Times-bestselling author of twenty novels, most recently Fallout, the latest in the renowned V. I. Warshawski. She is one of only four living writers to receive both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers’ Association in Great Britain. She lives in Chicago.