Amy Thielen, author of Give A Girl A Knife

Event date: 
Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Foodies take note! A Room of One's Own is pleased to welcome the incomparable Amy Thielen for a reading and book signing from her memoir Give A Girl A Knife!

Amy Thielen is a chef, TV cook, and two-time James Beard Award-winning writer. She is the author of The New Midwestern Table and hosted the Heartland Table on Food Network. Amy speaks widely about home cooking and contributes to radio programs and magazines, including Saveur, where she’s a contributing editor. She lives with her husband, visual artist Aaron Spangler, their son, dog, and a bunch of chickens, in Park Rapids, Minnesota. She can be found at and @amyrosethielen on Instagram and Twitter.

About Give A Girl A Knife:Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York City’s finest kitchens—for chefs David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten—she grew up in a northern Minnesota town, home to the nation’s largest French fry factory, with a mother whose generous cooking pulsed with joy, family drama, and an overabundance of butter.

Give a Girl a Knife, Amy Thielen’s coming-of-age account, pulses with energy, a cook’s eye for intimate detail, and a dose of dry Midwestern humor. Inspired by her grandmother’s tales of cooking on the family farm, Thielen moves with her artist husband to the rustic off-the-grid cabin he built in the woods in northern Minnesota. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that sends her on a wild ride through diverse kitchens and eras—from her mother’s 1970s suburban electric range to a turn-of-the-century farmhouse to a hot plate in an illegal warehouse squat—and finally to the sensory madhouse of New York’s top haute cuisine brigades. When she returns to her rural cabin, she comes face-to-face with her past and its veritable cellar of taste memories, discovering that good food can be made anywhere—and that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions.

Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh, vivid view into New York’s high-end restaurant scene before returning Thielen to her roots, where she realizes that the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace at all, but gravy—honest, irresistible, and thick with the complications of home.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307954909
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - May 16th, 2017