Elana Horwich: Meal and a Spiel (w/ Andrew Shapiro)

Tuesday December 3: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of Meal and a Spiel 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.

In Meal and a Spiel: How to Be a Badass in the Kitchen, Horwich uses humor and wisdom to teach intuitive cooking. Think Amy Schumer meets the Dalai Lama meets Julia Child. It features unabashed memoir, life lessons through food, and tips that explain how and why recipes work so you can put down the cookbook for good. Meal and a Spiel was written by a former comedienne, edited by a Hollywood comedy writer and styled by a popular LA fashion stylist.

Horwich moved to Italy as a young adult and taught herself to cook. Having encountered her own stumbling blocks along the way, she creates a to-the-point approach to cooking that has already proven successful to thousands. Named after her popular LA-based business Meal and a Spiel, Horwich uses her signature Jewish sense of humor to take the fear out of learning to cook. 

You’ll find both a chapter called "Pasta That’s Better Than a Restaurant" and one called "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Pasta!" because Horwich believes in balanced indulgence over dieting. Get ready for a luscious Cauliflower Mac-N-Cheese ai Quattro Formaggi, Burrata Crostini with Leeks and Raw Honey, Flourless Chocolate Blender Cakes with Olive Oil and Coconut Milk, and a chianti-braised brisket that “tastes like Tuscany yet feels like Shabbat.” 

The recipes are friendly for all diets: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Low-Sugar, or just healthy and delicious. 

With this entertaining and approachable read, you will learn “how to be a badass in the kitchen” even if you have no experience.

Join us in the Rare Book Room for the release of this unique cookbook!

Born to parents who defrosted Lean Cuisine for dinner, Elana Horwich taught herself to cook because the kitchen was the only place in the house her mother couldn’t find her. In her 20’s she had an epiphany that took her to Italy for 5 years. There, she worked in bars, fell in and out of love, ate her way through the peninsula and garnered life experiences she would one day write about. While devouring every aspect of local culture, she learned to cook from an Italian mamma in a Tuscan villa. A former high school history teacher and comedian, Elana started the Meal and a Spiel cooking school to empower people across the country to cook passionately with confidence, intuition and love. She has B.A. from Brown University and a Masters from Middlebury College in Florence, both in Jewish Italian Studies. She has been featured in Real Simple, Huffington Post and GoodDayLA. Her ultimate dream is to live in a world where everyone shares love with one another through cooking.   





Andrew Shapiro has spent 25 years working at the nexus of new technologies and societal transformation -- with a focus for two decades on energy and environmental innovation. In 2012, he founded Broadscale Group, an investment firm that has partnered with a network of leading corporations and family offices to accelerate the growth of technology companies that are transforming traditional industries in ways that benefit society. He has invested in, advised, and served on boards of more than 30 start-ups.

Andrew has been a visiting faculty member at Columbia and Yale and fellow at Harvard and NYU. He is the author of two books and dozens of articles and has appeared on CNN, PBS, NBC's Today Show, BBC, and NPR. A regular speaker at conferences, Fortune described him as “green business’s go-to guy” and the New York Times profiled him as “A Dollars-and-Cents Man with a Green Philosophy.” Andrew serves as an advisor to Obvious Ventures, Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment, and The Climate Group.