WestportREADS: A Conversation with Judith Jones and Adam Gopnik

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

judith jones

Essayist for The New Yorker, food writer, Francophile and 2009 BOOKED for the evening honoree Adam Gopnik interviews Judith Jones, longtime editor for Julia Child and renowned food editor. Jones is also a senior editor and vice adam gopnikpresident at Knopf. In 1950, she rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from the rejects pile. In addition to her literary authors, she has been particularly interested in developing a list of first-rate cookbook writers, including a cookbook no other publisher would touch, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She became Julia Child's editor from then on. 

Judith Jones is senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf. She is the co-author with Evan Jones (her late husband) of three books: The Book of Bread; Knead It, Punch It, Bake It!; and The Book of New New England Cookery. She also collaborated with Angus Cameron on The L. L. Bean Game and Fish Cookbook. She has contributed to Vogue, Saveur, Departures, andGourmet magazines. In 2006, she was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in New York City and Vermont.

Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction and humor pieces, book reviews, profiles, and reporting from abroad. His books, ranging from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, include Paris to the Moon (2000), The King in the Window (2005), Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (2006), Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (2009), The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (2011), and Winter: Five Windows on the Season (2011). Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Two months later, he received an honoris causa from his alma matter, McGill University. He is an active lecturer, and delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations Massey Lectures in 2011.

Judith Jones photo credit Christopher Hirsheimer.

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

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