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Remembering Chef Fritz, Guiding Star of Philadelphia's Restaurant Renaissance

Author talk with Sam Young
Cover of Sam Young's Chef Fritz and His City (2015)
Cover of Sam Young's Chef Fritz and His City (2015)

Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:30PM

Sam Young, author of Chef Fritz and His City, will read from and discuss his tribute to the late Fritz Blank, owner-chef of the acclaimed French restaurant Deux Cheminées. Chef Fritz and His City explores a personal and culinary odyssey over the years that took Young through kitchens and cooking schools, dining rooms and classrooms, and--most important--into a rich and abiding friendship with the great chef himself. Now Young's new book takes us all along the path that brought such a full menu of varied experiences, fascinating people, and immersion into the entertaining, warmly human story of the highly creative and talented Fritz Blank.

Come celebrate the life of a cook, scientist, philanthropist and food historian whose wide-ranging collection of food publications now resides in the culinary library at Penn.

Samuel Young has been a writer, editor, publisher, photographer, and photography editor, principally for magazines. His work has appeared in HolidayTravel HolidayTown & Country and Connoisseur, among other publications. He remains an avid cook, thanks in large measure to the tutelage of Chef Fritz Blank. In recent years, he and Benson have taken up Argentine tango, a pursuit Young finds nearly as complex, inexhaustible, and rewarding as the world of gastronomy. 

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