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Food in NY, Lina Prokofiev, Please Exlain Olive Oil, Icelandic Writer Sjón

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Author Robin Shulman, winemaker Latif Jiji, and slaughterhouse owner Imran Uddin on food and making food in NYC. Simon Morrison on the love and wars of Lina Prokofiev. Please Explain is all about olive oil. Icelandic novelist Sjón on The Whispering Muse.

Eat the City

Robin Shulman, author of Eat the City, talks about the fishers, foragers, butchers, farmers, poultry minders, sugar refiners, beekeepers, winemakers, and brewers—past and present—who’ve made New York City into such a great place for food.

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The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev

Simon Morrison reveals the life story of the composer Serge Prokofiev’s wife, Lina. In Lina & Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev, Morrison depicts her as a remarkable woman who fought for survival in the face of unbearable betrayal—she spent eight years in a Soviet gulag—by the irresistibly talented but self-absorbed musician she married.

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Please Explain: Olive Oil

Lou DiPalo, third-generation expert olive oil importer and the co-owner of Di Palo Fine Foods in New York City, and Nancy Harmon Jenkins, a writer and food historian who’s the author of The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, tell us all about olive oil--from its history to to how it's made to its many varieties.

 

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Icelandic Novelist Sjón

Celebrated Icelandic novelist Sjón has won many international awards and has been compared to Borges, Calvino, and Iceland’s other literary superstar, the Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness. His new novel The Whispering Muse is set in 1949, and follows Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander who joins a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea.

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