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Pleasures and Pains of Food
Culinary Writings Authors Read from their book
At 21st Miami Book Fair International
Miami Dade College
Free & Open to Community

Food, glorious food, is the topic of an array of literary readings and book signings by today's top culinary authors at the 21st Miami Book Fair International.

From the history of chocolate in America, to memoirs of profesional eaters, to a variety of cookbooks, ten authors will present their latest works at the Fair, held November 13 -14, 2004: "Writers the world over have elevated the basic human need for food into an art form, a commentary on history, culture and family, and a sensual odyssey," said Alina Interian, Executive Director of Florida Center for the Literary Arts. "The Miami Book Fair International continues this tradition with nine culinary writers who will make you hungry for more."

Reading Schedule Of Food Authors 21 Miami Book Fair International, November 13 - 14 Hosted By Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus. Free & Open To The Community

ARTHUR AGATSTON, M.D., The South Beach Diet Cookbook (Rodale, $26),
Sunday, November 14,10 a.m., Batten (Bldg 2, 1st Fl., Rm 2106)
The author of the blockbuster The South Beach Diet, presents The South Beach Diet Cookbook (Rodale, $26), chocked full of flavorful recipes that satisfy hunger and shed pounds - oatmeal pancakes, Caribbean baked chicken with mango, red snapper with avocado salsa, chocolate pie and more. Agatston teaches at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

STEVE ALMOND, Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America (Algonquin, $22).
Saturday, November 13, 4 p.m., Batten (Bldg 2, 1st Fl., Rm 2106).
The Scene of Seduction: An Erotic Literary Game - Nancy Friday, Ian Kerner, Steve Almond, Daína Chaviano, Federico Andahazi, Jaime Bayly and Edmundo Paz Soldán.

PAT CONROY author The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes From My Life (Doubleday, $26),
Sunday, November 14, 5 p.m., Chapman (Bldg 3, 2nd Fl., Rm 3210).
Pat Conroy has written a cookbook? Actually, part cookbook - part memoir, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes From My Life (Doubleday, $26) shares the bestselling author's passion for cooking, good food and the people, places, and great meals he has experienced - from catfish in Alabama to truffles in the Dordogne Valley in France. Along the way, Conroy shares 100 recipes. Publishers Weekly calls the book "a joy on several levels . . . It's hard to imagine a more entertaining, honest and outlandish effort." Conroy is a master storyteller and gifted prose stylist whose books include Beach Music, The Great Santini, The Water is Wide, Prince of Tides, and The Lords of Discipline.

JUDY GELMAN is an avid reader and cook who has participated in many book clubs. In The Book Club Cookbook (Tarcher/Penguin, $15),
Saturday, November 13, 1 p.m, LifeStyles (1st Ave. & 4th St.)
She and co-author Vicki Levy Krupp share delicious recipes and menus inspired by a hundred of America's most popular book club selections.

JOSEFA GONZALEZ-HASTINGS, author The Habana Café Cookbook (Univ Press of Florida, $20)
Saturday, November 13, noon, LifeStyles (1st Ave. & 4th St.)
Josefa Gonzalez-Hastings (Cuba) is the head chef and owner of the Habana Café in Gulfport, Fla. She won Southern Living's 2003 Cook-off in the Signature Desserts category. The Habana Café Cookbook (Univ Press of Florida, $20) includes customer favorites like Cuban sandwiches, flan and mojitos.

NIGELLA LAWSON, author of Feast (Hyperion, $35),
Sunday, November 14, 3:30 p.m, Auditorium (Bldg 1, 2nd Fl.)
Nigella Lawson writes the Dining In column for The New York Times. She is the author of How to Eat, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Nigella Bites, and Forever Summer, and she appears regularly on the Today show. Her latest book is Feast (Hyperion, $35). The New York Times said, "Lawson brings to life the sensual aspects of cooking."

BERNARD MATZ, author, Bernie's Kitchen: New South Florida Cuisine (Bernie's Kitchen, LLC, $20),
Sunday, November 14, 10:30 a.m, LifeStyles (1st Ave. & 4th St.)
Bernard Matz opened some of the first eateries on Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road. In Bernie's Kitchen: New South Florida Cuisine (Bernie's Kitchen, LLC, $20), delicious recipes include grilled chicken creole, grouper ceviche and more.

ALAN RICHMAN author, Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater (HarperCollins, $25) Reads with Robb Walsh,
Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m., 7106-07 (Bldg 7, 1st Fl.)
Alan Richman has received eleven journalism awards from the James Beard Foundation. Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater (HarperCollins, $25) is a gastro-journalism feat; a hilarious sampling of his global escapades, from flunking out of cooking school to dining with Sharon Stone.

ROBB WALSH, author Are You Really Going to Eat That? (Anchor, $14). Reads with Alan Richman
Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m., 7106-07 (Bldg 7, 1st Fl.)
Robb Walsh takes readers along on a series of ravenous road trips in Are You Really Going to Eat That? (Anchor, $14). Walsh is the restaurant critic for the Houston Press, an occasional commentator for NPR's Weekend Edition and two-time winner of the James Beard Award.

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