Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original - 92Y, New York

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Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original

Sara Franklin with Joe Yonan, Mashama Bailey and Nina Mbengue-Williams

Edna Lewis (1916-2006) wrote some of America's most lyrical and significant cookbooks, including the now classic The Taste of Country Cooking.

She cooked and wrote as a means to explore her memories of childhood on a farm in Freetown, Virginia, a community first founded by black families freed from slavery, and to commemorate the seasonal richness of Southern food. Her reputation as a trailblazer in the revival of regional cooking and aprogenitor of the farm-to-table movement continues to grow. Food stars Joe Yonan, Mashama Bailey and Nina Mbengue-Williams will join author and editor Sara B. Franklin in conversation to reveal their encounters with Edna and illuminate her legacy.

Sara B. Franklin

Sara B. Franklin is an oral historian and journalist whose work focuses on food and agriculture and its ties to popular culture, media, performance of gender, care and identity.

Joe Yonan

Joe Yonan is the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food and Dining editor of The Washington Post and the author of two cookbooks.

Mashama Bailey

Mashama Bailey is the executive chef of the Grey, an award-winning restaurant set in a former Greyhound bus terminal in Savannah, GA.

Nina Williams-Mbengue

Nina Williams-Mbengue, niece of Edna Lewis, began typing the manuscript of The Taste of Country Cooking when she was about 12 years old.