Looking at Jesse Schenker, you’d never guess that this Iron Chef winner and James Beard nominee was once severely addicted to heroin and crack. Tonight the owner of Flatiron’s The Gander and Greenwich Village’s cozy Racette launches his new memoir, All or Nothing: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme. In it, he shares the story of his turbulent adolescence in suburban Florida — from dropping out of high school and being shot at, beaten, arrested, and overdosing to finally getting clean to pursue a culinary career. The up-and-coming chef, already named a Forbes 30-under-30, relates to food critic Adam Sachs how addiction can be overcome and channeled into a healthy obsession, if you can call whipping up hearty PB&J-stuffed French toast healthy (we totally do). Hear him read and discuss tonight.
Mon., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., 2014