The East Hampton Library's Authors Night is one of the summer's most anticipated benefits. We spotlight seven writers featured at this year's edition.
Hamptons Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember
Tell us about your book. It’s a real peek behind the hedges, offering original recipes inspired by the endless bounty of the Hamptons—no other book offers both. What’s your favorite part? I love all the parties, and the featured hosts are dear friends I’ve had the pleasure of celebrating with many times. Most exciting for me is the foreword, by chef Eric Ripert—he’s an icon and inspiration. What will Hamptonites appreciate? The tips, tricks, and ideas shared by some of the greatest hosts in the country, and photographs of the beautiful tabletops and delicious food of the East End.
Treat Yourself!: How to Make 93 Ridiculously Fun No-Bake Crispy Rice Treats
What makes your book different? You don’t need to be able to cook to make something impressive. The book contains only one recipe but shows how to make more than 93 different designs, from mini hot dogs to a jumbo lobster. What’s your favorite? Definitely the cheeseburger. This was the first creative treat I ever made, the one that inspired me to keep experimenting with Rice Krispies treats. What’s exciting about Authors Night for you? To be in the company of so many authors I admire and help raise funds for the East Hampton Library.
An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a Californian Expat
What was your inspiration? I wrote this book for me, while I was pregnant with my daughter Sadie. The process of cooking and writing was a very therapeutic mental escape from some of the scary things I was being told in the doctor’s office because of the life-threatening pregnancy condition I had. How would you describe your recipes? A marriage of American and Californian cuisine and British comfort classics. Do you have a favorite? Too hard to choose, like choosing a child! I love the dishes you can share with family and friends.
Class Mom: A Novel
What did you want to achieve with this novel? Revenge! Sweet, sweet revenge for the horrible years I spent as a class mom. What’s your favorite part? The emails my protagonist, Jen, writes to her class. They very closely mirror the actual emails I sent when I was a class mom, and they’re funny and brutally honest. Those emails got me in a lot of trouble. What will Hamptonites most relate to? I think the thankless job of volunteering in the classroom is a universal gripe. What are you most excited about for Authors Night? Meeting Elizabeth Vargas!
Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe: Recipes, Art & Landscape
What did you want this book to achieve? Using O’Keeffe’s recipes as a starting point, I wanted to share a private side of this iconic artist, some insights into her personal domestic world. What’s your favorite part? Each recipe had a story of its own, which helped contextualize every dish in a meaningful way, plus the images of O’Keeffe’s artwork next to photos of her favorite dishes. How about Authors Night? New friends and old all coming together to celebrate books seems like the ultimate way to spend time.
Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook
What did you hope for from your first book? A cookbook where people could get to know me and also perhaps be inspired to try these recipes and create the dishes in their own kitchen. How is it different from other cookbooks? I like that it’s not a “chef-y” book. Chefs like to cook simple recipes, too. I know I do. A great garlic bread recipe—what could be better or easier? What’s your favorite recipe here? I really love all the recipes, but one of my favorites is the yellow cake with chocolate frosting and a caramel top.
Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
Why did you write the book? I wanted those still suffering to know they aren’t alone. There are lots of misconceptions about alcoholism and anxiety—a lot of people don’t know there’s an incredibly strong link between the two. What’s the most important part for you? The end. It’s about how I live today, how I find peace, how deeply grateful I am to have my life and everyone in it. What did you learn through the writing process? That writing a book is really, really hard! For years, I jotted down thoughts, scenes, or memories. I wrote on whatever was handy—an envelope, the back of a receipt, anything.
The Authors Night cocktail reception will be held at 4 Maidstone Lane, East Hampton, with dinners to follow in private homes. For tickets and more information, visit authorsnight.org