Juliet Wittman grew up in London and has lived in the United States through much of her adult life. An investigative reporter, theatre critic, and writing instructor at the University of Colorado, she taught writing classes on the topic of food for several years. Much of her thinking on the centrality of food to our lives and the way it shapes thought and culture was inspired by her students’ personal stories.
Wittman has won journalism awards and published essays and short stories in literary magazines. Her memoir, Breast Cancer Journal: A Century of Petals, won the Colorado Book Award and was named a finalist for the National Book Award.
Available for: Book clubs, readings, public speaking (food and culture; writing; theater), writing workshops.
Among the dozens of magazines, podcasts, newspaper articles and blogs that feed our food-obsessed culture, as well as the cut-throat competition of Top Chef and the gentle realism of The Great British Baking Show, stands Stocker, chef-owner of Stocker’s Kitchen in New York. Stocker is short, loud, and profane, but from his greasy kitchen emerge brilliantly clean flavors and food that nurtures, soothes and inspires.
Stocker’s hard-edged self-confidence falters when he falls in love with Angela, a young, half-Vietnamese woman as profoundly and implacably hungry as himself. He also has to deal with elegant pastry chef Jon, whose ideas about food directly contradict his own. Jon lives with Keith, his kind-hearted and sadly under-appreciated lover.
Stocker’s Kitchen is a novel about food, love, damaged people and a muted but persistent search for grace.
- Price: $15 paperback, $4.99 e-book
- Available on Amazon and at Boulder Bookstore, Tattered Cover and other select bookstores.