CHF 2012: America

Adam Gopnik: The Table Comes First

New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik offers robust, wide-ranging commentary that brims with rich perspective and humor. From his incisive, hilarious snapshot of the contemporary urban child’s preoccupation with technology (his daughter Olivia and her imaginary cell phone friend “Mr. Ravioli”) to his indelible Parisian portraits (Paris to the Moon), Gopnik’s writing intertwines history and family stories in illuminating and compulsively readable ways. These sensibilities merge again in The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food. Join Gopnik and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg for a fascinating look at the evolution of eating—from 18th-century French restaurant culture to our very American, 21st-century farm-to-table obsessions—and everything in between.

This program is generously underwritten in part by Esther S. Saks and is presented in partnership with TimeOut Chicago.

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Speakers and Performers

Adam Gopnik

Author of the beloved best seller Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Reviews and Criticism and of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.

Neil Steinberg

Neil Steinberg is a daily news columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he has been on staff for twenty-five years. His work has also appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Rolling Stone, Details, Esquire, Forbes, Sports Illustrated, Granta, and the New York Times Magazine. Steinberg is the author of seven books; his next, You Were Never in Chicago, is being published in November by the University of Chicago Press.
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Leaders And Thinkers

Adam Gopnik on NPR
What goes on the dining table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around it, says Adam Gopnik, a staff writer for The New Yorker. Join Gopnik as he talks about his new book, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food.

Good Reads

Adam Gopnik on the Days of Great French Dining
Read about Gopnik and cuisine in the New York Times

Online Resources

History is Served
18th-century recipes for the 21st-century kitchen