Jean Iversen - "Local Flavor" - Jeffrey Ruby

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Jean Iversen
Jean Iversen discusses Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods. She will be joined in conversation by Jeffrey Ruby. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At 57th Street Books
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About the book: The neighborhoods that make up Chicago’s rich cultural landscape have been defined by the restaurants that anchor them. In Local Flavor, the popular food writer Jean Iversen chronicles eight beloved local eateries, from Chinatown on the South Side to Rogers Park in the far North, tracing the story of how they became neighborhood institutions.
Iversen has meticulously gathered the tales, recipes, and cultural traditions that define Chicago’s culinary past and present. Rich with firsthand accounts from local restaurateurs, their families, long-time customers, and staff, Local Flavor is a community-driven look at Chicago through a gastronomical lens.
Including recipes for popular dishes from each restaurant that readers can try at home, Local Flavor weaves together ethnography, family, and food history into a story that will enthrall both food and Chicago history lovers.
About the author: Jean Iversen is a Chicago-based writer, editor, and communications specialist. Her latest book, Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago's Neighborhoods chronicles the histories of eight legendary Chicago restaurants and illustrates their significant impact on the development of the city's neighborhoods. She is also the author of BYOB Chicago, a definitive guide to the vibrant bring-your-own-bottle dining scene in Chicagoland. Her articles have been published in Crain's Chicago Business, Time Out Chicago, Daily Herald, and others. For more information go to
About the interlocutor: Jeffrey Michael Ruby is the chief dining critic of Chicago magazine. He is the author of Penelope March Is Melting and coauthor of Everybody Loves Pizza: The Deep Dish on America’s Favorite Food. He has also played college basketball in Ireland, assisted in an autopsy, and sumo wrestled in front of 20,000 people in New Jersey. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637