Crumbs of information leading up to the first New York Food Book Fair, happening May 4 through 6 at the soon-to-open Wythe Hotel, keep dropping. This week, founder Elizabeth Thacker Jones released information about some additional panels slated for the event. Topics will range from Food + Porn, examining whether we seek and consume images of food the same way we do pornography, to a session with Harold McGee on science and cooking. Daniel Halpern, president of Ecco Press, will tackle the issue-of-the-moment: the role of ghostwriters in the cookbook world.
The fair will also host a pop-up food-book shop with authors including Gael Greene and Josh Ozersky on hand for signings. Foodieodicals, a festival celebrating small food publications such as Lucky Peach and Meatpaper, will take place on Saturday night, followed by PechaKucha Night, an art-inspired event showcasing various upcoming food projects. The weekend will close, fittingly, with a literary-themed dinner inspired by the The Sun Also Rises. The only sour note is the event is no longer free, as originally planned (guess that Kickstarter we mentioned didn't pan out). Weekend passes are on sale for $215, one day passes are $65, and individual event tickets go for $15. Full info on the site. Food Book Fair 2012 [Official site]