Conversations from the Cullman Center: What She Ate: Laura Shapiro and Francine Prose

October 11, 2017

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Laura Shapiro and Francine Prose talk about Shapiro’s new book, What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food that Tells Their StoriesThe six women Shapiro writes about are Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis (an Edwardian-era Cockney caterer), Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym, and Helen Gurley Brown.  


Laura Shapiro is the author of Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century; Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America; and Julia Child: A Life. She has written about food for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Gourmet, and her awards include a James Beard Journalism Award and one from the National Women’s Political Caucus. Shapiro worked on What She Ate while in residence at the Cullman Center in 2009-2010.

Francine Prose, a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard, is the author of twenty works of fiction, including, most recently, Mister Monkey and Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. She is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and a former president of PEN American Center. She has received the Edith Wharton Achievement Award for Literature, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and many other grants and awards. She was a Cullman Center Fellow in 1999-2000.