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Book cover: "The Gourmands' Way" by Justin Spring

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections is pleased to present a reading by Justin Spring-- from his latest work, The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy.  The reading takes place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 4pm in Bobst Library, Third Floor, 70 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place), NYC. [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.]

In The Gourmands’ Way, Justin Spring chronicles the experiences of six Americans (A. J. Liebling, Julia Child, Alice B. Toklas, Alexis Lichine, M.F.K. Fisher, and Richard Olney) who immersed themselves in French culinary traditions, delighting in all that mid-century Paris had to offer. Each would go on to write books on the topic, and would play an essential role in popularizing and translating French cuisine for an American audience, revolutionizing the way that Americans thought about cooking, food, and wine in the process.

Free and open to the public.  MEDIA ONLY: Reporters interested in covering or attending the event must contact Christopher James at 212-998-6876 or email christopher.james@nyu.edu.

The Gourmands’ Way, by Justin Spring, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on October 10, 2017 (ISBN: 978-0-374-10315-6; $30.00). For more information, please contact Stephen Weil, Assistant Director of Publicity, at stephen.weil@fsgbooks.com or 212-206-5338.


About the Author:

Justin Spring is the author of two previous biographies: Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art and Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing on visual art includes monographs and museum catalogues, most recently Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and numerous universities.

About Fales Library and Special Collections:

The Fales Library is housed in the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, flagship of NYU’s global library system.  Fales Library, comprising nearly 358,000 volumes and over 11,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection and the general special collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection is a vast collection of books and manuscripts documenting food and foodways with particular emphasis on New York City.  The Downtown Collection, founded in 1994, documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video.

The NYU Division of Libraries is a global system comprising five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai.  Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually.  For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu

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