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My Berlin Kitchen: A Conversation Among Luisa Weiss, Deb Perelman, and Amanda Hesser

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Deutsches Haus at NYU

Please note: This event is fully booked!

In this conversation, Luisa Weiss, Deb Perelman, and Amanda Hesser will speak about Luisa Weiss' recently-published book My Berlin Kitchen. They will also discuss food blogging, recipes, love and happiness. The event will be moderated by Martin Rauchbauer, Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU.

My Berlin Kitchen
is the enticing memoir of The Wednesday Chef food blogger Luisa Weiss, which chronicles a year of heartache and self discovery in and out of the kitchen as she decided to turn her life upside down: she broke her engagement, quit her job, and moved back to Berlin. Marie Claire called this memoir, “The new Julie & Julia! It’s part cookbook and part memoir; you’ll finish a chapter and find yourself in the kitchen following the recipe... A transcontinental romance about taking risks in life and in the kitchen.” Filled with recipes, My Berlin Kitchen is the funny, insightful, and mouthwatering story of how Luisa found her way home again through the kitchen door, where love and happiness had always been waiting on the other side.
Luisa Weiss started The Wednesday Chef, a celebrated food blog, in 2005. Her first book, My Berlin Kitchen, was an LA Times bestseller. After a decade of working in publishing in New York, most recently as a cookbook editor at Stewart, Tabori & Chang, she now lives in Berlin with her husband Max and their son Hugo.

Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook, photographer and the creator of, which focuses on stepped-up home cooking through unfussy ingredients. Her first cookbook, the New York Times bestselling Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, won the IACP Julia Child Award and was an Amazon top 10 cookbook of the year. She has been profiled on The Today Show, in the New York Times, Guardian and NPR's Morning Edition. Deb lives in New York City with her husband and son.
Amanda Hesser is an entrepreneur and best-selling author. She is a co-founder of Food52, which won the James Beard Awards’ Publication of the Year, and she's been named one of the 50 most influential women in food by Gourmet. Before Food52, Hesser was a reporter at the New York Times, and the food editor at the Times Magazine. She wrote the award-winning books Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and edited the essay collection Eat, Memory. Her last book, a Times bestseller and the winner of a James Beard award, is The Essential New York Times Cookbook. Hesser is a trustee of Awesome Food, and is an adviser to The Spence Group.  

Martin Rauchbauer joined Deutsches Haus in April 2011 as the Director of the institution. He studied German Studies and Philosophy at the University of Vienna and has an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C. School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Concentration in European Studies and International Economics. He worked as a journalist for Austrian Radio and Television (ORF) and the news magazine Format before joining the Austrian Foreign Ministry (now the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs) in 2000. From 2007 until January 2011 he was the Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City. Before that he was the Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Mexico City and a defense analyst in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Copies of My Berlin Kitchen will be available for sale at the event.

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