I was reading the New York Times Magazine‘s profile of Elizabeth Gilbert yesterday (in advance of her new novel), when it occurred to me that Gilbert has been just one of the many literary (and culinary) lights that have graced the pages of Dinner: A Love Story in the past few years. In the name of good reading — and in the name of giving you a break from hearing us babble on and on about chicken — I wanted to take this Friday to remind you of a few of their guest-posts. Among them, we have Oscar winners, James Beard Award Winners, National Book Award nominees, a coupla Pulitzer winners, a MacArthur genius, and, most important, writers and artists who have inspired us at the supermarket, the playing field, the dinner table and beyond. Okay, start reading!
Elizabeth Gilbert (author, Signature of All Things) on her own family dinner table, her great grandmother “Gima,” and butter (“If you have butter, use butter.”)
David Sedaris (author, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls) on working with Ian Falconer, what he liked to read as a kid, and whether books should have morals.
Adam Rapoport (editor in chief, Bon Appetit) on “Chicken Fingers Milanese”
George Saunders (author, Tenth of December) on his favorite kid books (and a last line that will make you weep)
Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket, author, Series of Unfortunate Events) on six books that should be on all kids’ reading lists
Emily Bazelon (author, Sticks and Stones) on everything a parent needs to know about bullying
Sam Sifton (news guy, author, Thanksgiving) on the Ten Laws of Thanksgiving
Alex Witchel (author, All Gone: A Memoir of my Mother’s Dementia, with Refreshments) on memories of her mother’s holiday party.
Shaun Tan (author and illustrator, Tales from Outer Suburbia) on his favorite childrens’ books as a kid.
Ted Lee (co-author Lee Bros Southern Cookbook) on roast fresh ham (and saving the pig ear sliders for someone else)
Curtis Stone (host, “Top Chef Masters”) on what food he’d take with him on a desert island, what cookbook changed his life, and the best restaurant he’s been to this year
Michael Paterniti (author, The Telling Room) on the two books every kid should have in his or her library
Susan Spungen (author, What’s a Hostess to Do?) on the rules of entertaining (including three laws of sanity preservation)
Michael Moss (author, Salt, Sugar Fat) on how to read a label
Pseudonymous Bosch (author, The Secret Series) on his favorite kid books (including the “Nate” book your kid should be reading)
Yolanda Edwards (editor, Momfilter) on her secret to getting into the best restaurants; and her husband, Matt Hranek (photographer, William Brown Project) on sending his kid to “meat camp”
Marion Deuchars (designer, illustrator) on dinner placemats (an illustrated contribution!)
Andrea Montalbano (author, Soccer Sisters) on sports and girls’ confidence, coaching your kid effectively, and how to become a soccer sister
John Jeremiah Sullivan (author, Pulphead) on four books that shaped his writing life, and the power of “allusion”
Daniel Coyle (author, The Little Book of Talent) on how to nurture talent (without being a psycho parent)
Charlie Duhigg (author, The Power of Habit) on kicking the dessert habit
Deb Perelman (author, blogger, Smitten Kitchen) on what she’s reading, watching, loving
Pictured top row, left to right: Elizabeth Gilbert, Daniel Coyle, Matt Hranek & Yolanda Edwards, Charles Duhigg; Second row: David Sedaris, Marion Deuchars, Adam Rapoport, Curtis Stone; Third row: Emily Bazelon, Daniel Handler, George Saunders, Matt Lee & Ted Lee; Fourth row: Michael Paterniti, Deb Perelman, Shaun Tan, John Jeremiah Sullivan; Bottom row: Sam Sifton, Pseudonymous Bosch, Michael Moss, Alex Witchel
For more guest-posts, click the “Cameos” category in the margin of this page.