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May 2014 Third Thursday Panel

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

5/15/2014 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

"The Sweet Life of Writing About Food"

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., third floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)

Eating -- it sustains us; it excites us.  Food writers know how to impart the subtleties of taste, the specifications of cooking, and the historical and cultural importance of a particular dish.  They can make a bad culinary experience read like the most terrifying of horror stories -- and make a great culinary experience read like a steamy love scene or drug-fueled thrill ride.  

Come hear professional food writers discuss the unique challenges, rewards, and adventures that come with their careers.

Our distinguished panelists will be ...


Addie Broyles

Hailing from the Ozarks, Addie Broyles expanded her cooking (and eating) skills on the West Coast and Spain before settling in Austin, where she writes about food for the Austin American-Statesman. The University of Missouri graduate has won numerous awards for her writing and her blog, Relish Austin, which is also the name of her weekly column in the Statesman. In 2010, she helped create the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance, a nonprofit organization made up of more than 100 Central Texas food bloggers. When she is not writing about everything from blackberry cobbler and barbecue to farmers and fancy chefs, she is trying to keep up with her two young sons and musician husband.


James McWilliams

James is an historian and writer based in Austin, Texas. His books include Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown) and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (Columbia University Press). His writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Slate, The American Scholar, and The Texas Observer. James is a frequent contributor to, Conservation, Pacific Standard, and Laika Magazine and his literary non-fiction has appeared in The Millions, Quarterly Conversation and The New York Times Book Review.


Angela Shelf Medearis

Angela Shelf Medearis is THE KITCHEN DIVA! A regular guest chef and segment creator on the DR. OZ and the TODAY show, Medearis is the author of seven cookbooks and 100 award-winning books for children. THE KITCHEN DIVA! culinary history, recipe, and lifestyle column appears in Hearst King-Features newspapers and is distributed to 1300 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada with six million readers. Medearis's multimedia company, Diva Productions, Inc., is one of the few multimedia companies in the United States solely owned by an African-American woman. Medearis, along with her family, created BOOK BOOSTERS, INC., a non-profit organization that provides support for community literacy and health projects. The Kitchen Diva Health Outreach is a program that raises health and nutrition awareness in underserved communities by preparing delicious cultural dishes that address diet-related concerns.


Georgia Pellegrini

Georgia Pellegrini's taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley, on the same land her great-grandfather owned and worked. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of the books, Modern Pioneering, Food Heroes, and Girl Hunter, and her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, American Hunter, and The Huffington Post. She has been featured on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Iron Chef America. She lives in Austin, Texas. Visit her at



Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


WLT would, also, like to thank BookPeople for helping to make our Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent book stores and local business.