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February 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Taste Makers: A Virtual Evening with Mayukh Sen and Ellen Kanner


February 21, 2022
7:00 pm



Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

A Virtual Evening with Mayukh Sen


Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America  

(W. W. Norton & Company, $26.95)

Monday, February 21, 2022, 7 PM ET | On Crowdcast


About the Book:

A New York Times Editors’ Choice pick

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, Food Network, KCRW, WBUR Here & Now, Emma Straub, and Globe and Mail

One of the Millions’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021

America’s modern culinary history told through the lives of seven pathbreaking chefs and food writers.

Who’s really behind America’s appetite for foods from around the globe? This group biography from an electric new voice in food writing honors seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today. Taste Makersstretches from World War II to the present, with absorbing and deeply researched portraits of figures including Mexican-born Elena Zelayeta, a blind chef; Marcella Hazan, the deity of Italian cuisine; and Norma Shirley, a champion of Jamaican dishes.

In imaginative, lively prose, Mayukh Sen—a queer, brown child of immigrants—reconstructs the lives of these women in vivid and empathetic detail, daring to ask why some were famous in their own time, but not in ours, and why others shine brightly even today. Weaving together histories of food, immigration, and gender, Taste Makers will challenge the way readers look at what’s on their plate—and the women whose labor, overlooked for so long, makes those meals possible.


About the Author:

MAYUKH SEN is a James Beard and IACP Award-winning writer based in Brooklyn. His work has been anthologized in two editions of The Best American Food Writing. He teaches food journalism at New York University.

About the Moderator:

ELLEN KANNER is the soulful vegan award-winning author of Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner (VegNews’ Book of the Year, PETA’s debut Book of the Month Club pick), the e-book, Beans: A Handful of MagicShe has been writing about the intersection of food, culture, wellness and sustainability for over 20 years for outlets includingHuffPost, Civil Eats, Saveur, EatingWell,VegNews,theMiami Herald,andWhole Foods Magazine.