P&P Live! Mayukh Sen and Najmieh Batmanglij—TASTE MAKERS - with Daniela Galarza

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 8:00pm

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This event will be presented in partnership with the Washington Literacy Center, with opening remarks from program director Terrell Danley.

Who’s really behind America’s appetite for foods from around the globe? This group biography from an electric new voice in food writing honors seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today. Taste Makers stretches from World War II to the present, with absorbing and deeply researched portraits of figures including Mexican-born Elena Zelayeta, a blind chef; Marcella Hazan, the deity of Italian cuisine; and Norma Shirley, a champion of Jamaican dishes.

In imaginative, lively prose, Mayukh Sen—a queer, brown child of immigrants—reconstructs the lives of these women in vivid and empathetic detail, daring to ask why some were famous in their own time, but not in ours, and why others shine brightly even today. Weaving together histories of food, immigration, and gender, Taste Makers will challenge the way readers look at what’s on their plate—and the women whose labor, overlooked for so long, makes those meals possible.

Mayukh Sen is a James Beard and IACP Award-winning writer based in Brooklyn. His work has been anthologized in two editions of The Best American Food Writing, and he teaches food journalism at New York University.

Najmieh Batmanglij has spent the past 40 years cooking, traveling, and adapting authentic Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. She has been hailed as “the guru of Persian cuisine” by The Washington Post. Her Food of Life was called “the definitive book on Iranian cooking” by the Los Angeles Times. Her Silk Road Cooking was selected as one of the 10 best vegetarian cookbooks of 2004 by The New York Times; and her book From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table won the Gourmand Cookbook Award for the best wine history book of 2007. Najmieh’s most recent book, Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets, was selected as one of the best cookbooks of Fall 2018 by The New York Times.

Daniela Galarza is a staff writer for the Food section at The Washington Post who also writes "Eat Voraciously," a newsletter offering easy dinner recipes, cooking tips and inspiration. A former restaurant pastry chef, Galarza has been writing about food and cooking for more than 10 years. Before joining The Post, she was a features editor at Serious Eats, senior editor at Eater.com and deputy food editor at Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Terrell Danley’s journey to WLC was fueled by his passion for food and urban adult education. Terrell has served as an instructor and curriculum developer for the organization's Culinary Job Training program, where his success led to a promotion to Program Manager and General Manager, allowing him to co-develop and implement an acclaimed workforce readiness program at THEARC in SE Washington. Terrell also served as the Lead Culinary Arts instructor for the Potomac Job Corps Center and created the Job Corp's nationally top-ranked culinary arts program. 

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ISBN: 9781324004516
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 16th, 2021

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