Anya Von Bremzen &  Melissa Clark

Anya Von Bremzen & Melissa Clark

September 19: 7:00PM 8:00PM

How is the food we love tied up with our personal histories? For Anya von Bremzen, growing up in Soviet-era Moscow food was both a precious commodity and a uniting force among von Bremzen’s often far-flung family. After her mother brought her to the United States at the age of ten, food became an anchor to her homeland. Now von Bremzen is an acclaimed food writer and cookbook author, and with her new book, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, she looks back at her own memories and the history she has lived through. Von Bremzen will speak with New York Times cooking writer Melissa Clark about the new book. Part cookbook, part memoir, part history, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is a poignant, clear-eyed look at memory, family, and food.

Anya von Bremzen is one of the most accomplished food writers of her generation: the winner of three James Beard awards; a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine; and the author of five acclaimed cookbooks, among them The New Spanish TableThe Greatest Dishes: Around the World in 80 Recipes, and Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook (coauthored by John Welchman).

Melissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. She recently joined the staff at the New York Times where she writes a weekly food column called A Good Appetite. She has also written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, and Martha Stewart, amongst others. Her acclaimed cookbook, In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite, came out in the fall of 2010 and Cook This Now, a personal collection of seasonally driven, inventive comfort food, came out in October 2011. Clark has written 32 other cookbooks, many of them in collaboration with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs including Daniel Boulud (Braise), David Bouley (East of Paris), Claudia Fleming (The Last Course), and Bruce and Eric Bromberg (The Blue Ribbon).

Buy a copy of the featured event book or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.