Meet the Author: Jeff Gordinier

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Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World (2019) is a personal account of Jeff Gordinier Don Quixote-like global quest from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Arctic Circle with renowned chef René Redzepi in search of reinvention, inspiration, and connection (in addition to food).

This Meet the Author event will feature a lively conversation moderated by Southport’s own, Sissy Biggers, longtime food and lifestyle television personality and Pequot Library supporter.

• 30- to 40-minute author talk
• Q & A
• Book sales and signing
Free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres served.

About Hungry
“Gordinier takes us into the fabulously obsessive realm of the world’s most fascinating chef—and he does it with the voice of a poet.”—Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums

Hungry is a memoir, a travelogue, a portrait of a chef, and a chronicle of the moment when daredevil cooking became the most exciting and groundbreaking form of artistry. It is a book about not only the hunger for food, but for risk, for reinvention, for creative breakthroughs, and for connection. Feeling stuck in his work and home life, writer Jeff Gordinier happened into a fateful meeting with Danish chef René Redzepi, whose restaurant, Noma, has been called the best in the world. A restless perfectionist, Redzepi was at the top of his game but was looking to tear it all down, to shutter his restaurant and set out for new places, flavors, and recipes.

This is the story of the subsequent four years of globe-trotting culinary adventure, with Gordinier joining Redzepi as his Sancho Panza. In the jungle of the Yucatán peninsula, Redzepi and his comrades go off-road in search of the perfect taco. In Sydney, they forage for sea rocket and sandpaper figs in suburban parks and on surf-lashed beaches. On a boat in the Arctic Circle, a lone fisherman guides them to what may or may not be his secret cache of the world’s finest sea urchins. And back in Copenhagen, the quiet canal-lined city where Redzepi started it all, he plans the resurrection of his restaurant on the unlikely site of a garbage-filled lot. Along the way, readers meet Redzepi’s merry band of friends and collaborators, including acclaimed chefs such as Danny Bowien, Kylie Kwong, Rosio Sánchez, David Chang, and Enrique Olvera.

About Jeff Gordinier
Jeff Gordinier is the food and drinks editor of Esquire and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. A product of Southern California and a graduate of Princeton University, he wrote 2008’s X Saves the World and co-edited the 2015 essay collection Here She Comes Now. He lives north of New York City with his wife, Lauren Fonda, and his four children.

About Sissy Biggers
Sissy Biggers’ career has touched every broadcast platform since her behind-the-scenes-role at the NBC Network. She has been a live TV host on the Lifetime Network and Food Network, along with ABC’s Extreme Makeover and PBS’s Victory Garden.  She has inspired countless viewers, individuals, and businesses as a lifestyle expert, media coach, and brand consultant. Sissy and her husband Kelsey founded Southport Galleries, which celebrates ten years as a fine art and cultural destination this fall, in the heart of Southport Village. Sissy is also a long time Pequot Library volunteer and Art Show leader.


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