Adam Gopnik is one of America’s great writers, essayists, and commentators, having been a staff writer for the iconic publication “The New Yorker” (My favorite magazine) since 1986, having penned one of my favorite books “Paris To The Moon” which ended up being a NY Times Bestseller, winning three National Magazine Awards for Essay and Criticism, a George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting and his entry on the culture of the United States is featured in the Encyclopædia Britannica. He has written children’s books, award winning articles and essays, and was even the 11th annual recipient of the Westport Public Library’s Booked for the Evening award. Previous award winners include Tom Brokaw, E.L. Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Wendy Wasserstein, Pete Hamill, Martin Scorsese, Arthur Mitchell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, and Oscar Hijuelos. Library awards an honoree whose work reflects the purpose of the Library—to nurture the love of learning and to enhance our understanding of the world. He is a frequent guest on radio and TV appearing with award winning hosts like Charlie Rose, and has established himself as The New York Times recently called him “possibly America’s most devoted public Francophile”, because of his fascination and brilliance of writing about Paris and it’s various elements of culture. And now he is out with a new book (Which will be another NY Times Bestseller I’m sure) named ““The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food”, where he dives into as the NY Times writes “[Adam] had come to dip into one of the pleasures that he celebrates and explicates in the book: the full, old-school arc of an archetypal French dinner, from that first sip of Champagne to the final jolt of caffeine”, and explores the history of fine eating with another glowing description saying:
“With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey in search of that meaning as he charts America’s recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes. It is a journey that begins in eighteenth-century France—the birthplace of our modern tastes (and, by no coincidence, of the restaurant)—and carries us to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. To understand why so many of us apparently live to eat, Gopnik delves into the most burning questions of our time, including: Should a Manhattanite bother to find chicken killed in the Bronx? Is a great vintage really any better than a good bottle of wine? And: Why does dessert matter so much?”
Throughout, he reminds us of a time-honored truth often lost amid our newfound gastronomic pieties and certitudes: What goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table—the scene of families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board. This, ultimately, is who we are.
Following in the footsteps of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Adam Gopnik gently satirizes the entire human comedy of the comestible as he surveys the wide world of taste that we have lately made our home. The Table Comes First is the delightful beginning of a new conversation about the way we eat now.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down for an intimate interview with one of America’s great writers and minds while on his his book tour to discuss his new book, his fascination with Paris, what he believes his greatest professional accomplishment is, how “Paris To The Moon” came about, and sooo much more…It was a tremendous honor to sit down with someone I call “An American Treasure”…Enjoy Kade Nation!!