Leslie Karst with Harold McGee - Justice is Served (Ferry Building Store)

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Leslie Karst

in conversation with Harold McGee

Justice is Served

An In-Person Book Signing • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sun., April 23 • 2:00pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact webmaster@bookpassage.com with questions regarding live events.
*Please note that masks are recommended for Ferry Building events.

In this true-life Julie and Julia meets Notorious RBG mash-up, former attorney Leslie Karst recounts how finagling her way into hosting an intimate dinner party for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sends her on a journey of culinary and personal discovery—and, ultimately, completely changes her life.

Leslie was a small-town lawyer who was good at a job she hated and had taken up cooking as a way to spice up the daily grind. Spice is exactly what she got when her offer to cook for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her husband was accepted. Leslie was terrified – she had never thrown a high-stakes dinner before! What follows is a lighthearted account of Leslie’s journey following this challenge – including a new unexpected connection with her partner and her parents, an inspiring trip to Paris, mouthwatering recipes, Ginsburg’s transformation from Jewish girl from Flatbush to one of the most celebrated justices in our nation’s history, and the dinner itself. 

A heartfelt story of simultaneously searching for delicious recipes and purpose in life, 
Justice is Served is an inspiring reminder that it’s never too late to discover—and follow—your deepest passion.

The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie Karst waited tables and sang in a new wave rock band before deciding she was ready for “real” job and ending up at Stanford Law School. It was during her career as a research and appellate attorney in Santa Cruz, California, that she rediscovered her youthful passion for food and cooking, at which point she once again returned to school—this time to earn a degree in culinary arts. Now retired from the law, Leslie spends her days penning the Sally Solari culinary mystery series, as well as cooking, gardening, cycling, and singing alto in her local community chorus. She and her wife and their Jack Russell mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo, Hawai’i. 

Harold McGee an American author who writes about the chemistry and history of food science and cooking. Before becoming a food science writer, McGee was a literature and writing instructor at Yale. His seminal book On Food & Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen was published in 1984, and later revised in 2004. His most recent book is Nose dive: a field guide to the world's smells (2020). He lives in San Francisco. 


Leslie Karst photo courtesy of the publicist; Harold McGee photo courtesy of the publicist



Book Passage Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Justice Is Served: A Tale of Scallops, the Law, and Cooking for Rbg By Leslie Karst Cover Image
ISBN: 9781647424589
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: She Writes Press - April 4th, 2023

Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells By Harold McGee Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Penguin Books - October 18th, 2022