Author Signing with David Leite - Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression
Culinary writer David Leite will sign copies of his highly anticipated memoir Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression (Dey Street Books, $26.99) at The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Saturday, April 22nd at 4pm.
The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite's Culinaria--a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.
Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his mother endearingly called him, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door just like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of manic depression. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in learning about food, watching Julia Child, and cooking for others.
Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to “turn straight” through Aesthetic Realism; to a cult in downtown Manhattan; to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher; and to his twenty-four-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David's readers as “The One,” which began with (what else?) food. Throughout the journey, David returns to his stoves and tables, and those of his family, as a way of grounding himself.
A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirs by Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banana is a feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.
"Leite bravely lets us into his world filled with family, food, mental illness and his struggle with coming to terms with his sexual identity . . . a beautifully-written book . . . poignant and rich, as some of us who love Leite's work, have come to expect."—Forbes
"Masterful . . . Notes on a Banana is beautifully crafted, inspiring, and poignantly honest. A must read for all foodies and memoir lovers who know the power food and family have to overcome nearly every obstacle in life."-- Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author of I Am Not Myself These Days
“Warm, witty, [and] sometimes heartbreaking . . . Fans of the author's James Beard Award-winning website, Leite's Culinaria . . . won't be surprised by his wonderful sense of humor and his keen powers of observation . . . candid and charming.” -- Booklist
David Leite is a food writer, cookbook author, and web publisher. He founded Leite's Culinaria (leitesculinaria.com) in 1999. In 2006, he had the distinction of being the first winner of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Pastry, Men's Health, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. His first book, The New Portuguese Table, explored the food of his heritage and won the IACP's 2010 First Book: Julia Child Award. David is also a frequent correspondent and guest host on public radio's The Splendid Table. He has been heard on NPR's All Things Considered and has appeared on United Stuff of America, Beat Bobby Flay, and the Today show. When no one is looking, he still dances in his underwear in the kitchen.
This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Notes on a Banana by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit www.hickorystickbookshop.com or email email@example.com