Adam Platt: The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony (w/ Amor Towles)
Thursday December 5: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a copy of The Book of Eating or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. This event will take place in the 3rd floor Rare Book Room.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
As the son of a diplomat growing up in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, Adam Platt didn’t have the chance to become a picky eater. Living, traveling, and eating in some of the most far-flung locations around the world, he developed an eclectic palate and a nuanced understanding of cultures and cuisines that led to some revelations which would prove important in his future career as a food critic. In Tokyo, for instance—“a kind of paradise for nose-to-tail cooking”—he learned that “if you’re interested in telling a story, a hair-raisingly bad meal is much better than a good one."
From dim sum in Hong Kong to giant platters of Peking duck in Beijing, fresh-baked croissants in Paris and pierogi on the snowy streets of Moscow, Platt takes us around the world, re-tracing the steps of a unique, and lifelong, culinary education. Providing a glimpse into a life that has intertwined food and travel in exciting and unexpected ways, The Book of Eating is a delightful and sumptuous trip that is also the culinary coming-of-age of a voracious eater and his eventual ascension to become, as he puts it, “a professional glutton.”
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Adam shares his book with conversation partner and fellow writer, Amor Towles!
Adam Platt has been a contributing editor and restaurant critic for New York magazine since 2000. He won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Restaurant Reviews in 2010. During the course of nearly twenty-five years in the magazine business, Platt has written for a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, the New York Observer, Esquire, and Condé Nast Traveler. He lives in Greenwich Village with his wife and two pizza-loving daughters.
Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. Two of his novels, Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow were New York Times bestsellers and A Gentleman in Moscow was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. Mr. Towles devotes himself full time to writing in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.