The food industry is hot hot hot. Chefs are hot hot hot. Restaurants are hot hot hot. Food networks and food festivals and food anythings are hot hot hot. Cookbooks are hot hot hot. Seems as though every chef in the world has written one this year - except for those who are writing one next year. The Miami Book Fair is dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb for ignoring this.
Now I'm a big fan of Test Kitchen, and am happy that Jack Bishop will be appearing. He'll be on stage with Joan Nathan and Linda Gassenheimer. Lee Schrager will be at the Fair with the new SBWFF book too. But Linda and Lee are locals - we can listen to anything the former might have to say on her radio show 52 weeks a year. Joan Nathan? She is to culinary lit what Meg McCain is to political lit.
I use Ms. McCain as an example because she'll be at the Fair, as will Patti Smith and other literary lightweights, which takes down any excuse about cookbooks not being serious enough to feature. I think Dave Barry and his fake rock band will be performing too.
Nathan, Bishop, and Gassenheimer? That's it? This is really an embarrassment.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.