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Dorie Greenspan

Lit Fest Spotlight: Dorie Greenspan

March 1, 2019

Award-winning Cookbook Author Believes in Community through Cooking

From talking to Dorie Greenspan, you would never know she is one of the most celebrated and awarded cooks and authors in America. Her writing is as good as her recipes, but she is disarmingly down-to earth about her talents.

“I’ve had no formal training as a writer and never expected that I’d ever become one,” Greenspan says. “It wasn’t until I was fired from my short-lived job as a baker and searching around for what I could do in food that I started to write.”

At that time in the 1980s, certain parts of the food industry were not always open to women. “There weren’t all that many jobs in kitchens for women then, and even fewer for women like me: married, with a baby, an ABD in gerontology and no culinary training or experience,” Greenspan says. “I only tried my hand at writing because a friend of mine thought it might be right for me. I thank her regularly.”

Several decades later, Greenspan has racked up a record of accomplishment that she never would have imagined when she first burned down her mother’s kitchen at 12 and was banned from cooking at home for years!

Greenspan is now the “On Dessert” columnist for The New York Times Magazine. She just published her 13th cookbook, Everyday Dorie. She has won five James Beard Awards and has twice won the Cookbook of the Year Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She has been on the New York Times Bestseller List twice (once for Around My French Table and once for Baking Chez Moi). She spends her time with her husband, Michael, living in three places: New York City, Westbrook, CT and Paris, France.

But Dorie Greenspan’s dearest hopes sound not like an international jetsetter but instead like a hospitality-minded person who most wants to help families and friends spend quality time together through cooking. “What I hope I can do in my work,” she says, “is encourage people to get into the kitchen, enjoy being there, and take pleasure in every step of cooking.”

Greenspan is looking forward to her visit to the Arkansas Literary Festival, and to getting together with Arkansas-based cousins. “I’ve never been to Arkansas and can’t wait to visit. In addition to coming to the Literary Festival – which has been on my calendar in big red letters ever since I got the invitation – and having the opportunity to hear so many great authors speak and read—my husband, Michael, and I are going to have the chance to spend time with cousins we haven’t seen in a very long time, the Sundell family.” Greenspan says. “Of course, seeing Jack and Corri Sundell means going to The Root Café – I’m counting down the days.”

Dorie Greenspan’s friendly, community-building attitude may explain why she has such a huge following on social media. In 2007, the cooking club “Tuesdays With Dorie” was founded by ordinary women to help amateur cooks bond over their baking efforts. The group became so big and popular that it was featured on the Oprah show, and is still going 12 years later. Greenspan currently has over 484,000 Twitter followers and 61,000 followers on Facebook. People like Dorie! And it’s not hard to see why.

Greenspan’s newest cookbook, Everyday Dorie, has been scooping up awards left and right since its release in October 2018. In this new work, the author reveals the secrets of some of her favorite simple recipes drawn from across culinary traditions. It’s a perfect time for Arkansas cooks to get the benefit of her expertise.

Catch Dorie Greenspan at the Arkansas Literary Festival, where she will talk about what she learned from Julia Child about food, writing, and the power of place!

Dorie Greenspan is the author of 13 cookbooks. She has twice won the IACP Cookbook of the Year award and has also earned five James Beard Awards for her work. Her latest book is Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018). She is the “On Dessert” columnist for The New York Times Magazine and lives in New York City, Westbrook, CT, and Paris.


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For folks craving something new…in 2019, the Fest has added more music, a Maker’s fair, tracks for ease of digesting the program, a new official bookseller – WordsWorth Books, new venues (Allsopp and Chapple Restaurant + Bar, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, UA Little Rock Downtown), a mindfulness panel, a book club panel, s couple other mash-up sessions, and additional sponsors. We’ve scheduled more on Library Square to make things more convenient, and provided some new bounce to the Children’s events at Main with a readathon, an interactive demonstration, games, book giveaways, and a costume contest. We’ve moved the popular Teen Poetry competition to Nexus Nook, and added a few things to the programming at the Children’s Library.

For those who appreciate some of what the Fest has done before, once again it will feature outstanding authors…at last count they hail from 20 states, one district, and four other countries. Their list of awards and honors is stellar. In addition to being featured in sessions, panels and workshops, many are making the trek to area schools through the wonderful WITS program. This marks the fourth year for Classics in Context, and the terrific One Hundred Years of Solitude is this year’s selection. Please make sure to vote on what you’d like in 2020. Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (with the Junior League) and the Equinox launch are back, as is the delicious pie contest. And, after last year’s roaring success, we’ve scheduled another gritty, late night concert. It addition to Library Square, you’ll find Fest events at some great offsite venues: Christ Episcopal Church, Stickyz, Eggshells, and The Root Café.

Festival Coordinator: Brad Mooy

A group of dedicated volunteers assists Festival Coordinator Brad Mooy with planning the Festival: Jennifer White, WITS chair; Amy Bradley-Hole, moderator chair; Maker’s Alley & Music chairs Phillip Huddleston, Larnie Campbell, and Grace Lytle; Melissa Woods, festival guides chair; festival guides vice chairs El-Noor Akhter and Betsy Johnson. Talent committee: Eliza Borne, Amy Bradley-Hole, Kevin Brockmeier, Garbo Hearne, Phillip Huddleston, Janis Kearney, Brad Minnick, Susan Santa Cruz, and Dorian Stuber.

Special thanks: Michelle Bailey-Keahey, Jama Best, Bryan Borland, Amy Bradley-Hole, Phyllis Britton, Kevin Brockmeier, Guy Choate, Jeff Condran, Amanda Copley, Anita Davis, Jan Emberton, Kirsten Fruchey, Madelyn Ganos, Lindsey Gray, Garbo Hearne, Phillip Huddleston, Larnie Hughes, Stacy Hurst, Whitney Hu, Betsy Johnson, Dana Kaye, Stephanie Maxwell, Gary Miller, Beth Nelsen, Ragan Sutterfield, Denise Turlier, Bob Razer, Marci B. Robertson, Stacy Sells, Laura Stanley, Mia Stark, Nathan Vandiver, Greg Wagnon, Brittany Wheeler, Jennifer White, Mick Wiggins, Jeff Williams, Mary Remmel Wohlleb, Erin Wood, and Melissa Woods.