Wednesday, November 13

Day Underwritten by Esther & Neal Zalenko
2 p.m.
Taste! With Kim Kushner
Modern Menu: Simple, Beautiful, Kosher

Don’t miss this delicious tasting event with culinary arts expert Kim Kushner!

“I never approach any dish with the idea that it will be perfect. Not only is this attitude freeing, but it inspires me to try new ingredients, flavors and techniques.” – Kim Kushner

The concept for this book has been building for the last decade for Kim Kushner, whose recipes are tried and true, foolproof and beautiful.

The author is from a large family that includes her Moroccan-born mother, who was raised in Israel, along with her eight siblings. Spending childhood summers in Israel, Kim Kushner learned to cook by eating and participating in family feasts. Hands-on experience with fresh and international ingredients gave her an edge when she began studies at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, where she excelled in the professional culinary program.

Co-sponsored by Adat Shalom Sisterhood, Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy

All tickets are $15.
Reservations required by November 5 to 248.432.5462.

6:30 p.m.
Sheri Fink
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled to survive and maintain life amid chaos.

When Hurricane Katrina struck, the power failed, the water rose and exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. This book is the result of the mystery surrounding what happened.

In Five Days, Fink details the heartbreak and life- altering decisionmaking necessary in a crisis. She also shows how ill-prepared America is for the impact of large-scale disasters. Sheri Fink is a graduate of the University of Michigan who received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award. Most recently, her coverage of Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac received the Mike Berger Award from Columbia University and the Beat Reporting Award from the Association of Healthcare Journalists.

“In this astonishing blend of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism...and breathtaking narration, [the author] chronicles the chaotic evacuation of the hospital and the agonizing ethical, physical, and emotional quandaries facing Memorial nurses and doctors, including a nightmarish triage process that led to the controversial decision to inject critically ill patients with fatal doses of morphine in order to refocus attention on those with a chance of surviving.” – Publishers Weekly (starred)

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit - Maimonides Society

8 p.m.
Allen Salkin
From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

Big personalities, high drama: here is the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network, the business, media and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food.

In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted, to little notice. Twenty years later, it is in 100 million homes, approaches $1 billion a year in revenue and features a galaxy of stars whose faces and names are as familiar to us as our own family’s. But what we don’t know about them, and the people behind them, could fill a book.

Based on insider access, documents and interviews with hundreds of executives, stars and employees, Allen Salkin’s book is an exhilarating roller-coaster ride from chaos to conquest (and sometimes back).

Go inside the conference rooms, studios, homes, restaurants and after-hours meetings where you’ll meet a salty Julia Child lording it over the early network performers; a fragile Emeril Lagasse staggering from the sudden shock of cancellation; a very green Rachael Ray nearly burning down the set; a torn Tyler Florence accepting the Applebee’s job he knows he can’t refuse, but with a chill running down his spine.

Paula Deen, Tom Colicchio, Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart, Guy Fieri, Cat Cora: Salkin illuminates the people we thought we knew, and the ones we never knew about, in this irresistible story of the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food – and us.

Co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Moshe Sisterhood, JCC’s Sophisticated Singles, The Berman Center for the Performing Arts The cost for both the Shari Fink and Allen Salkin programs together:

JCC members $10 /non-members $12

Use your ticket for this program as a coupon at our bookstore!
$5 off of any $25 or more purchase, excluding speaker books.