What to do on a Tuesday Night: Head to the Mercantile!

I’m currently reading The United States of Arugula: The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution, which is about the most interesting book I’ve read in a while– how we changed from a meat and potatoes (and, starting in the 20s, processed foods)-based nation to the (still processed-foods based…) but much more adventurous nation we are.  It’s absolutely fascinating (I love the chapter on Julia Child, and now I’m at the point where Wolfgang Puck starts up Spago) and I can’t wait to finish it.

What’s better?  I’m going to meet the author tonight– and you can too.  From the Mercantile Library:

David KampDavid Kamp, contributing editor to Vanity Fair and author of The United States of Arugula, leads off the Library’s latest series dedicated to the art of fine dining and the food revolution in America this Tuesday, March 3rd. The United States of Arugula is a terrifically entertaining culinary history told through the lives of three food pioneers: Craig Claiborne, James Beard, and Julia Child. You won’t want to miss the chance to spend an evening with this smart, entertaining writer!

David Kamp joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor in January 1996. Prior to that, he was an editor and writer at GQ. He started his career as a writer and editor for Spy, working under editor Graydon Carter. Kamp is the co-author of The Rock Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge; The Film Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Filmological Knowledge; and The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation.

Copies of Mr. Kamp’s books will ve available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Bookshelf.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
$10 for members, $15 for nonmembers
6:30 Reception
7:00 Program
Reservations required