Fri, May 4, 2012 4:57 PM EDT

New Yorkers into food politics are in for a treat this weekend. Food lovers in other parts of the country can take a look at some of the participants that are doing progressive work in food systems until the Food Book Fair goes on tour. [The New York Food Book Fair ]( taking place Friday, May 4th - Sunday, May 6th with celebrated authors, activists, chefs and artists coming together for panel discussions and a few other events. (Full disclosure: Founder Elizabeth Thacker Jones is a big fan of and a friend of mine.) Included in panels is Colorlines,com favorite Bryant Terry who's ['Inspired Vegan' cookbook shows healthy food isn't just for white folks]( and food scholar Krishnendu Ray who focuses on questions of ethnicity and its relation to consumption, food culture and food politics. Ray's latest book "Curried Cultures" is a wide-ranging collection of essays that explores the relationship between globalization and South Asia through food, "covering the cuisine of the colonial period to the contemporary era, investigating its material and symbolic meanings."