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22 events
11 reviews
16 stars
Do not park at Benaroya. It takes a long time to leave at the end of the show. Park at the Art Museum, half a block away. And it is less expensive.
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10 events
6 reviews
2 stars
Plan extra time for getting around downtown. Parking is available in the building for moderate price. Elevator takes you right inside, so you don't have to go outside in the rain.
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Amanda Hesser
6 ratings
2.7 average rating
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Jackie Brolsma
24 events
2 reviews
10 stars
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2 reviews
4 stars
attended Mar 08 2012

I was very disappointed in the quality of the speaker and the dirth of information.
Ms. Hesser needs to make her presentation more professional and not use her credentials simply as an advertisement for her web site.

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0 stars
attended Mar 08 2012

She took what should have been an interesting subject and made it boring. She completely read word for word off a script. It was stilted and probably the worst speaker I have ever seen. I was embarrassed for her. There was a mass exodus after...continued

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Seattle Arts & Lectures’ 2011-12 Literary/Arts Series continues with co-founder and award-winning food writer Amanda Hesser at Benaroya Hall. The evening will include a Q&A led by Seattle food writer and restaurateur Molly Wizenberg.

Readers were introduced to Hesser when her articles “Cooking for Mr. Latte,” which combined recipes with the story of her courtship with husband-to-be Tad Friend, appeared in the New York Times Magazine. As the Times’ food reporter, she wrote, and ate for, over 800 stories; as food editor at the Times Magazine, she compiled her essay collection, Eat, Memory. The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century (aka Amanda’s Big Red Book), which was five years in the making and both a bestseller and winner of a James Beard Award, now resides on the shelves of great cooks everywhere, joining Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, both of which won the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Literary Food Writing.

Hesser left the Times in late March 2008, and wrapped up her work at the New York Times Magazine with her final “Recipe Redux” feature on February 27, 2011. Her latest endeavor is the groundbreaking site,, co-founded with Merrill Stubbs, to “give people from all over the world a way to exchange their ideas,…to celebrate each other’s talents,…and to create a buzzing place for others who do what we do all day long: talk about food.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Seattle Arts & Lectures

In addition to presenting the foremost fiction and nonfiction writers, Seattle Arts & Lectures' events and courses illuminate arts, culture, and a world of ideas.