For Balthazar’s twentieth anniversary, owner Keith McNally gave author Reggie Nadelson unprecedented access to his legendary Soho brasserie, its staff, the archives, and the kitchens. Nadelson recounts the history of Balthazar and how Keith McNally reinvented the concept of the classic French brasserie for New York City. Balthazar serves half a million meals a year, employs over two hundred people, and has operated on a twenty-four hour cycle for twenty years. The book features evocative color photographs by Peter Nelson, as well as sixteen new recipes from chef Shane McBride and head bakers Paula Oland and Mark Tasker. Ruth Reichl says, "This book captures everything I love about restaurants—the theatre of it, the sense of entering a private little world, the camaraderie of the workers when it's all working right. There's never been a restaurant like Balthazar and never a book just like this." Reggie Nadelson is a journalist and filmmaker whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, and other notable publications. She is also the writer of the Artie Cohen series of mystery novels. She will be joined by Balthazar executive chef Shane McBride, a New York City food industry veteran. Moderated by Grub Street senior editor Sierra Tishgart.