Among many new and forthcoming titles, the book we are perhaps most excited about is Molly O’Neill‘s One Big Table. We know O’Neill best for American Food Writing, the showcase collection of classic food writing she edited for the Library of America. One Big Table promises to rediscover American eating traditions and situate them firmly in the vernacular and present-day. The nearly-1,000-page book is the result of a decade-long journey to gather oral histories and family recipes from a broad swath of the American public, and contains more than 600 recipes and 700 color photographs.
We’re also tickled to note that we (in the person of Miles Frieden), will be in the Great Hall at Ellis Island with O’Neill on Thursday for a dinner to celebrate the launch of One Big Table. Ellis Island, of course, is the place through which over 12 million immigrants entered these united states, bringing with them the recipes that continue to nourish our national identity. The night includes a panel discussion with Calvin Trillin, who will re-join O’Neill in January for The Hungry Muse, our 29th annual Seminar.