Imprint:Lorena Jones Books
Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:8.4in x 5.7 x 1.2 in | 1.06 lb
Page Count:304 pages
CULTURAL IMPORTANCE: “Ms. Bailey hopes to get people thinking and talking about the origins and complexities of a shared heritage.”—New York Times
NETFLIX TALENT: Bailey starred in a Chef’s Table Season 6 episode (2/22/19).
ACCOLADES: The Grey was Eater’s 2018 restaurant of the year and named a Best New Restaurant by Food & Wine, one of Time magazine’s Greatest Places, and one of 21 Best Bars in America by Esquire. Bailey won a 2019 James Beard Best Chef Award.
BAILEY CHAIRS THE EDNA LEWIS FOUNDATION
BOOK DESIGN BACKSTORY: Originally designed in two colors with Bailey’s text in a font made from her handwriting and both authors’ text in equal-width columns that overlapped at the center of the page. Based on feedback, we went to all-black text in one column with alternating standard fonts for each author.
INCLUDES PROLOGUE BY BAILEY AND EPILOGUE BY MORISANO that address the current civil rights movement and impact of Covid.
“From the first few paragraphs of Mashama Bailey’s prologue, you know that you’re dealing with a writer of uncommon honesty. She and partner John O. Morisano offer us an illuminating exploration of what it takes to build something and understand one another, and in the process remind us that restaurants are about much more than just food—even though every recipe, from the Dirty Rice to the Clams Oreganata to the Country Pasta, is proof that Bailey is one of our country’s brightest chefs. Black, White, and The Grey blew me away.”—David Chang, author of Eat a Peach
“ The book arrives at an ideal time to help facilitate the tough, continuing conversations around social justice and equity in the food space.”—Bill Addison, The Los Angeles Times
“The fact that neither author narrates like a pro is part of the appeal: It feels as if you’re overhearing a real conversation about the ways their partnership has been tested…. together they fitfully map out a small-scale blueprint for racial cooperation.”—Jennifer Resse, New York Times
“…a fascinating book on so many levels.”—Evan Kleiman, “Good Food” podcast
“It’s one of the best and most honest books about business, partnership, race, class, culture, and gender I’ve encountered.”—Hunter Lewis, Food & Wine
“It’s not often that a book full of recipes can pack an emotional wallop, but this is no ordinary book. It’s a memoir. It’s a conversation. It’s a meditation on race, and friendship…. beautiful, thoughtful book.”—Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon
“Black, White, and The Grey is the tale of a fortuitous collaboration, a lasting friendship, and an iconic restaurant. In these racially divisive times, this book offers a much-needed commodity…hope.”—Jessica B. Harris, author, lecturer, and culinary historian
“Black, White, and The Grey is a story for our hearts, minds, and times. It breaks out of any genre ever associated with restaurants—cookbooks or otherwise—taking us on a journey into the minds and motivations of two unlikely partners, each on a mission to prove something to themselves, the world, and ultimately to each other.”—Danny Meyer, author of Setting the Table
“This book fills the silences that readers are typically left to observe or interpret. With bold admissions of bias, discomfort, and downright tension, it illustrates the challenges faced by Bailey and Morisano, who occupy different yet interconnected worlds.”—Jamila Robinson, Philadelphia Enquirer food editor and James Beard Journalism chair
“Black, White, and The Grey speaks volumes to the moment we’re in and is exactly what we need as we look to the future of the restaurant industry. This book is so important as we have our own uncomfortable conversations and demonstrates how we can ultimately transcend and unite.”—Marcus Samuelsson, author of The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food