Though eating is vital to human existence, cookbooks no longer represent the zenith of culinary literature. The Food Book Fair wants to prove, celebrate, and savor the fact that cooking has become so much more than just a joy, or a recipe to be followed. (Sorry, Julia.) Held in three locations in Brooklyn, the fair—in a remarkable display of modesty—features more than 200 books, five dozen food visionaries, 10 cooking demos, six panel discussions, a tasting event, and a partridge in a pear tree (not really, but it sounds delicious, not to mention totally plausible). Opening night (on Thursday) is a fundraiser for the Far Rockaways’ Recovery and Hurricane Sandy relief.

Thursdays-Sundays, noon. Starts: May 2. Continues through May 5, 2013