A Really Big Lunch, published on the one-year anniversary of New York Times-bestselling author Jim Harrison’s death, collects much of his writing on food for the first time. The collection spans the titular New Yorker piece about a French lunch that went to thirty-seven courses, to pieces on the relationship between hunter and prey, to meditations on the obscure language of wine reviews. In the process, Harrison gives insight into his experiences and interior life over the last fifteen years. The New York Times Book Review has called Harrison’s food writing a “culinary combo plate of Hunter S. Thompson, Ernest Hemingway, Julian Schnabel, and Sam Peckinpah. Harrison writes with enough force to make your knees buckle and with infectious zeal that makes you turn the pages hungry for more.” To celebrate Jim Harrison, we’ll be joined by a panel reflecting on his life and work. Mario Batali is the founding chef of six acclaimed New York restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Babbo, and a television presenter known as an authority on Italian cuisine. Terry McDonell is a former magazine editor, President of the Paris Review Foundation, and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review, as well as a novelist and poet. Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Elle Décor and Garden & Gun, and formerly at Vogue. She also writes a food column at The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent guest on MSNBC.