Culinary historian LAURA SHAPIRO will read from and discuss her critically acclaimed new book What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories. It’s a diverse collection of women, including Rosa Lewis, the Cockney caterer who cooked her way up the social ladder; Eleanor Roosevelt, protector of the worst cook in White House history; Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress; and Helen Gurley Brown, the editor of Cosmopolitan; as well as Barbara Pym, whose deft descriptions of food illuminate her characters and upend our stereotypes about postwar British cuisine. The reading will be followed by afternoon tea. Sponsored by the Barbara Pym Society.
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