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Chef Edward Lee will be the keynote speaker for the One Book, One Community event


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Award-winning chef Edward Lee is the author of this year’s book selection, Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine.

Tickets for the U of A’s 14th Annual One Book, One Community Event are now available for booking.

Award-winning chef Edward Lee, author of this year’s book selection, Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover New American Melting Pot Cuisine, will give a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 7 at the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the event are free, but seats are limited and reservations are required. Masks will also be compulsory for participants.

“Diversity is at the forefront of so many discussions we have today – in our college, on our campus and in our world. We are delighted to welcome Chef Lee to our campus to showcase the connection between our cuisine and these conversations, ”said Kevin Fitzpatrick, chair of the One Book, One Community committee.

Lee has spent two years traveling the country learning about the people and traditions behind the food that our multicultural society grows, prepares and eats.

“Her book introduces readers to the concept of ‘culinary memory’ – connecting an individual’s favorite foods to the flavors, textures and stories of who they are. And I know his lecture will provide guests with a unique insight into the “culinary memories” of our diverse American cuisine, ”said Fitzpatrick, who is also a university professor and Jones Chair in Community in the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

Lee is the chef and owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky, and the culinary director of Succotash in National Harbor, Maryland, and Penn Quarter, DC

He received the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Buttermilk Graffiti and was also a six-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Conductor: South East.

After the free public lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of Buttermilk Graffiti and get it signed by Lee.

As part of this year’s event, the One Book committee, a community is also encouraging community members to submit a family recipe and check out what others have submitted on the recipe site, babeurregraffiti.uark.edu.

More information about the book, the author and upcoming events and resources related to the book can be found at the Website One book, one community.

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