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Just in time for Mothers Day, bestselling author and film producer Peter Gethers joins the New York Times’ Melissa Clark for a conversation about food, family and the meaning of life.

Peter’s mother, Judy Gethers, discovered a passion for food in her 50s and, in time, became a mentor and friend to some of the most famous chefs in America. Discovering the colorful stories of her life — and the meals she loved — is the basis for Peter’s new book, a witty and knowing memoir about how food and family do more than feed us — they nourish our souls.


This event is part of our Kitchen Arts & Letters series. In partnership with the esteemed culinary bookstore, we present talks, demos and tastings with leading cookbook authors, chefs, food historians and farmers. See the complete line-up here.

Brief Bios

Peter Gethers is an author, screenwriter, playwright, book publisher, and film and television producer. His previous books include The Cat Who Went to Paris, the first book in a bestselling trilogy about his extraordinary cat Norton. He is also the co-creator and co-producer of the hit off-Broadway play, Old Jews Telling Jokes. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

Melissa Clark is a food writer and columnist for The New York Times. Her work has received awards from the James Beard Foundation and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), and been selected for the Best American Food Writing series. She is a staff writer for The New York Times Dining Section, where she writes the popular column: A Good Appetite. She appears in weekly cooking videos at and was short-listed for a Webby Award in 2012.

Clark has written 35 cookbooks, many of them in collaboration with New York’s most celebrated chefs, including Daniel Boulud (Braise), David Bouley (East of Paris), Andrew Feinberg (Franny’s), Claudia Fleming (The Last Course), Bruce and Eric Bromberg (The Blue Ribbon) and former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses (The Perfect Finish). She is currently working on a cookbook called Dinner, a game-changing manifesto to be published by Clarkson Potter in 2017.

Clark has made many television appearances, and is a regular guest on the Today Show and the Rachael Ray show. She has also been a judge on Iron Chef America. She’s been a frequent guest host on the NPR radio show, The Splendid Table, and is a regular guest on the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC.

Clark was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she now lives with her husband, Daniel Gercke, and their daughter Dahlia.

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