Former White House Executive Pastry Chef and prime Consultant to the US State Department For Culinary Diplomacy Bill Yosses moderates a conversation with an esteemed panel of writers including Joel Salatin (on health), Paula Butturini (on love), Giulia Melucci (on sex), and Jon McGoran (on death) for a witty and engrossing literary salon.
The evening will include live music from singer-songwriter/rapper Rory K. Preview his music here.
William (Bill) Yosses, held the prestigious title of the White House Executive Pastry Chef under both Bush and Obama. His other executive pastry chef experience includes The Dressing Room in Westport Connecticut, owned by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and Bouley Restaurant in New York City. As Pastry Chef of the White House he planned desserts for the First Family and their guests from breakfast meetings to State Dinners, as well as working with Michelle Obama on the White House vegetable garden.
He has published two books, Desserts for Dummies, and The Perfect Finish, Special Desserts for Every Occasion. Bill is working on a third book titled; "Have Your Cake and Eat it Too, the Seven Pillars of Healthful Baking." He is the recipient of the James Beard Who's Who Award. His foundation, Kitchen Garden Laboratory has used cooking to teach science lessons for the New York City Board of Education and Harvard Medical School. He is also a member of the Culinary Diplomacy Corps of the U.S. State Department.
A special menu will be available for those who wish to linger for conversation and book signings.
is a full-time third generation family farmer at Polyface Farms in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The organic grass-fed farm services more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs.
He and the farm have been featured in the best seller, The Omnivores Dilemma by food writer Michael Pollan, and the award-winning film documentary, "Food, Inc." He was recently interviewed on TV by renowned chef, Dan Barber at the 92nd Street Y in NYC.
Salatin is arguably America's Most Famous Farmer. In his most recent and personal book, The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs, he takes a firm stance against corporate farming and the culture of greed. He urges reexamination of America's allegiance to keep nutritionally bankrupt food. He most glowingly talks about food and faith. The book will spur discussions, debate and testimony.
In Folks, This Ain't Normal, Salatin contends that we would all be better off if the government got out of food regulation. The book is fun to read, wise, witty and provocative. Darya Pino in the huffington post said - "The types of people who would certainly benefit from reading this book include- vegetarians, carnivores, farmers market shoppers, McDonalds patrons, liberals, Christians, atheists, scientists, city folks, country folks, the 99% and the 1%. In short, everyone who eats.
Joel Salatin will discuss Folks, This Ain't Normal and The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs, both compellingly written. Inspirational, radical, necessary.
is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and United Press International. During three decades she spent in Europe, she also contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, and The San Francisco Examiner.
Only twenty three days after their wedding, while on assignment in Romania, Paula's husband was shot and almost killed. Her memoir, Keeping The Feast, is a gorgeously written testament to the powers of food and love. How healing can come from the simple rituals of life. It shows why meals should always be a celebration.
Most books about food focus on the taste of it. This book acknowledges another important dimension. The pleasure of sharing with someone you love - even when that person is struggling.
She and her husband, retired New York Times correspondent John Tagliabue, divide their time between Connecticut and central France.
Paula Butturini will discuss Keeping the Feast, which The New York Times calls "a blunt and brave memoir."
first book, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, has been published in Australia, Holland, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Turkey, Bulgaria, and the U.S.
She was born and raised in Brooklyn and still lives there, but in a more fashionable neighborhood. Someone finally married her but until then her record of how sex intertwined with the stove in her kitchen - is a brilliant, moving, delectable gem. The boyfriends are books in themselves.
To quote Mario Batali, Melucci's witty tales of romance coupled with delicious recipes make for a beautifully, irresistible memoir.
The book was adapted into a one-woman show that premiered at Theatre Works in Hartford, Connecticut. The N.Y. Times called it a delightful comic show.
Ms. Melucci is a former VP of PR at Harper's Magazine. She also worked for Atlantic Monthly Press and Spy, Viking, Dutton and Scribner.
She will discuss I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, a tale of passion and pasta.
is the author of the ecological thrillers Drift, Deadout and Now, and Dust Up. He has also written forensic crime thrillers under the name D. C. Dublin. He is a member of the Mystery Writers Association, the International Association of Crime Writers, and a founding member of the Liars Club. He has been writing about food and sustainability for over twenty years.
In Dust Up McGoran looks at some of today's most controversial issues. The book examines the role of biotechnology in food. It untangles a plot involving whistle blowers, corruption, shadowy activities and deadly diseases. What you eat can kill you. Death may be on your table.
Drift is a crisp, organic thriller. Here, McGoran confronts the brutal underside of genetic engineering. It is a real life wake up call. After reading Drift you may never look at an apple the same way again.
Quotes on McGoran have compared him to some of the best of Chrichton, Lee Childs and Chandler.
Best Selling author Jonathan Maberry wrote, He has the chops to become one of the greats.
Jon McGoran will discuss Drift and his latest book, Dust Up, both highly disturbing but scientifically plausible.
is a native of Manhattan and was born into a musical family and wasted no time getting his feet wet as an MC. His father, the lead singer and guitarist of legendary Irish rock band Black 47, motivated him to pursue his dreams and take his craft seriously. He started out free-styling throughout Soho at local parks and house parties until he was introduced to the Brewery Recording Studio in Brooklyn. With his buzz at an all-time high Rory K announced his debut album Rants on Reckless Youth, accompanied by an album release party and performance at Webster Hall. His songs range from very dark to very playful, this balance along with his downtown style and vivid red hair sets him apart from the crowd. Fresh off the release of his 2nd album Young Professionals, and a St. Patrick's Day performance at B.B. Kings, Rory K is poised to grow to new heights in 2016 and beyond. Check out his music at soundcloud.com/roryk212.
This edition of Pen, Paper, and Palate is sponsored, in part, by The Redbury hotel, NYC.