New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik offers robust, wide-ranging commentary that brims with rich perspective and humor. From his incisive, hilarious snapshot of the contemporary urban child’s preoccupation with technology (his daughter Olivia and her imaginary cell phone friend “Mr. Ravioli”) to his indelible Parisian portraits (Paris to the Moon), Gopnik’s writing intertwines history and family stories in illuminating and compulsively readable ways. These sensibilities merge again in The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food. Join Gopnik and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg for a fascinating look at the evolution of eating—from 18th-century French restaurant culture to our very American, 21st-century farm-to-table obsessions—and everything in between.
This program is generously underwritten in part by Esther S. Saks and is presented in partnership with TimeOut Chicago.
Photo by Brigitte Lacombe