What She Ate - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY

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What She Ate

Laura Shapiro with Rozanne Gold

Everyone eats, and food touches on every aspect of our lives — social and cultural, personal and political.

Food stories can be as intimate and revealing as stories of love, work or coming-of-age. Culinary historian Laura Shapiro takes us on a journey into the lives of six notable women from the point of view of the kitchen and the table, and unveils what they have in common with each other (and us). These women include Dorothy Wordsworth, whose food story transforms our picture of the life she shared with her famous poet brother; Rosa Lewis, the Edwardian-era Cockney caterer who cooked her way up the social ladder; 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; Barbara Pym, whose witty novels upend a host of stereotypes about postwar British cuisine; 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 gelatine.

There will be a book signing following this event.

Laura Shapiro

Laura Shapiro has written on every food topic from champagne to Jell-O for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, Gourmet and many other publications.

Rozanne Gold

Rozanne Gold is a celebrated chef, author, journalist and philanthropist known for her prolific voice and storied career.

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