THE FLAVOR BIBLE Named to Amazon Senior Editor Seira Wilson’s Top 100 List


Top center: Seira WIlson, Amazon senior editor, who just released her list of “100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating & Drinking,” which includes THE FLAVOR BIBLE

“The idea was to come up with a list that would be inspirational, educational, have a lot of variety and be a lot of fun.  If you had one bookshelf of cookbooks for your whole life, I would want this to be the list.”
–Seira Wilson, senior editor, in explaining her rationale behind naming “Amazon’s 100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating and Drinking,” which features THE FLAVOR BIBLE

Today CNN’s Katia Hetter reported that named its “100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating and Drinking,” which features THE FLAVOR BIBLE.

On the heels of THE FLAVOR BIBLE being named by Forbes as one of the 10 best cookbooks in the world of the past century, we’re delighted to see it also take a place on Amazon’s distinguished list of 100, which also includes Larousse Gastronomique, Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, and J. Kenji López-Alt‘s The Food Lab. 

Amazon’s Seira Wilson’s entire list of 100 food and drink books (also available on CNN here):

Baking: The Baking Bible, Baking: From My Home to Yours, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, 15th Anniversary Edition: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread; How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking; Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make; Joy the Baker; Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats
Barbecue: Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, The Barbecue! Bible
Booze: Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas, The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual: Secret Recipes and Barroom Tales from Two Belfast Boys Who Conquered the Cocktail World; Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails; The Drunken Botanist; Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail; The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails; Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure; Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine
Breakfast: Brunch at Bobby’s: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend
Burgers:  The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers
Classics: The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution, Escoffier, The Fannie Farmer Cookbook: Anniversary, The Joy of Cooking (75th anniversary edition), Mastering the Art of French Cooking (two-volume set)
Food memoir: The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef; The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef; Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany; Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly; The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America; The Man Who Ate Everything; My Life in France; Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table; Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Food writing:  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life; The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition; The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Foodie cookbook:  elBulli 2005-2011; The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science; The French Laundry Cookbook; Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking; The NoMad Cookbook; The Professional Chef, 9th edition; Prune; The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating
General cooking: Appetites: A Cookbook; The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook; Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook; Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook; Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking: Everything You Need to Know to Make Fabulous Food; How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food,10th Anniversary Edition; The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations; The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook
Light cooking: The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
Paleo: Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great
Reference: THE FLAVOR BIBLE: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs; The Food Substitutions Bible: More Than 6,500 Substitutions for Ingredients, Equipment and Techniques; Larousse Gastronomique: The World’s Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia, Completely Revised and Updated; 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List
Regional: A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail; Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook; The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem; Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen
Heritage:  The Taste of Country Cooking: 30th Anniversary Edition; The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco’s Beloved Resturant
Seafood: Le Bernardin Cookbook: Four-Star Simplicity
Vegan: The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out; Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck
Vegetables: The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini
Vegetarian: The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook; The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods; The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition; Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi
World/Asia: Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes; Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking; Momofuku; Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook;The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food; All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China; Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand
World/French: Daniel: My French Cuisine; A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse; My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories; Essential Pépin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food
World: The Foods of the Greek Islands: Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean; Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking; The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook; Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking; Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook; Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking; Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home; Jerusalem: A Cookbook; Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking; Authentic Mexican 20th Anniversary Ed: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico; The Food of Morocco; The Nordic Cookbook; Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan; Peru: The Cookbook; Polska: New Polish Cooking; Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook


Amazon senior editor Seira Wilson‘s list of “100 Books for a Lifetime of Eating and Drinking” can be found here.

Relais & Chateaux Properties Share The Secrets of Their Extraordinary Approach to Entertaining Guests

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“…The Weekapaug Inn, a luxury hotel located right on the Rhode Island shoreline, will share its culinary secrets as part of The Art of Entertaining: Relais & Châteaux, a coffee-table book filled with recipes, party ideas, and decorating tips from Relais & Châteaux properties throughout North America.”
–Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country

We count ourselves as ardent admirers of many Relais & Chateaux member properties, having had the great pleasure of visiting a number of them over the years.

These luxury getaways are perfect for busy professionals short on time, because the R&R experiences many of them offer is so extraordinary that even an overnight stay can have the restorative benefits of an entire long weekend away.  After two or three rich, immersive nights at R&C properties, we can return home feeling like we’ve been away for an entire week.

We love learning secrets of the behind-the-scenes magic created in Relais & Chateaux settings, which is exactly what R&C’s new 240-page coffee table book The Art of Entertaining by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins (Rizzoli, Fall 2016) delivers.

Along with gorgeous four-color photography by Melanie Acevedo and David Engelhardt, there’s an introduction by Patrick O’Connell, the president of Relais & Chateaux North America and the proprietor of The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia, which is one of our favorite places on earth — and one that sets the bar for the “Menus, Flowers, Tablesettings, and More for Memorable Celebrations” that comprises this book’s subtitle.  Every special event O’Connell has orchestrated in the more than two decades we’ve been honored to know him has felt like walking into a fairy tale.

We especially enjoyed reading about the Halloween Costume Party at the Inn at Little Washington, as well as the Great Gatsby Dinner Party at Dan DeSimone and Alan Stenberg‘s elegant Tuscan-inspired Glenmere Mansion (Chester, New York).  Glenmere boasts one of the best, yet-unsung pastry chefs in America in Taiesha Martin, who tells of researching what was served on ocean liners of the Gilded Age including the Titanic for the party’s dessert menu.

We loved our visit a few years back to The Fearrington House Inn in North Carolina, whose Southern-Style Brunch is featured in the book, along with the sumptuous Berkshires hideaway Blantyre‘s over-the-top balloon-filled New Year’s Eve Party.

The book whet our appetites to revisit certain R&C properties as well as to pay a visit to those we’ve yet to explore, including Meadowood Napa Valley (which we’re especially excited is opening The Charter Oak in the months to come, after our extraordinary preview of the brunch menu courtesy of Chef Katianna Hong at a James Beard Foundation weekend pop-up in Chicago) and Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm.

Indeed, our bucket lists include a visit to every R&C property in North America — a quest you might well be tempted to add to your own after perusing this beautiful, fantasy-filled feast of a book.


Relais & Chateaux’s The Art of Entertaining is available on and at better bookstores everywhere.

Links to some of our previous posts on other Relais & Chateaux properties:

Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn in Maine
Daniel in New York City
The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia
The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession Book Party
Magdalena at The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore
Marea in New York City
Per Se in New York City

Rouge Tomate Reopens in Chelsea, To The Delight of Lovers of Wine and Cuisine-So-Delicious-You-Forget-It’s-Healthful


Upper Right: Andrew Dornenburg chats with Rouge Tomate’s beverage director and partner Pascaline Lepeltier, MS; Middle: Hristo Zisovski, long-time beverage director of the Altamarea Group, with Karen Page

“For two years now, New York wine lovers have been restlessly tapping their feet, checking their watches and sighing heavily as they waited for word that Rouge Tomate would reappear.  The restaurant, one of the city’s great wine destinations, closed its East 60th Street location in August 2014. Initial word was that it would reopen in Chelsea by early 2015. Then, by that fall. Now, finally, any day.”
Eric Asimov, The New York Times (September 6, 2016)

When a beloved restaurant closes, there’s a mourning process involved.

That’s how we’ve felt since the 2014 closing of the 60th Street location of Rouge Tomate, the Michelin-starred wine-focused so-delicious-you’d-never-know-it-was-healthful-too restaurant that was a favorite of wine lovers and food lovers alike.

So there’s a special joy in its resurrection in the form of Rouge Tomate Chelsea, which opened September 28th in a new, smaller, more rustic space on West 18th Street.  While the setting is quite different, the restaurant’s heart and soul still shine through, in some ways louder and clearer than ever.


We loved every single bite of savory food we tasted at Rouge Tomate Chelsea during our dinner, with standouts including a mushroom tartare that may be the single most wine-friendly dish in America

The song remains the same, thanks to the return of a stellar cast of professionals, including beloved master sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, whose passion for the natural wines on her extensive list is contagious.

Always-on-it general manager Rachel Palczynski is back to offer her trademark welcoming warmth to the dining room, while Chef Andy Bennett exhibits a wizardry with flavors that still keeps us asking, “How did he do that?” upon tasting such exquisite richness in dishes known to eschew butter and cream.


Rouge Tomate Chelsea’s wine list includes a great value Mas Coutelou natural red ($9/glass)

For a wine-focused restaurant, those who are price-conscious won’t be left out of the fun.  We loved tasting the restaurant’s $9/glass offering — an organic red from Mas Coutelou — not to mention Lepeltier’s fellow master sommelier Christopher Bates’ $5/glass Chadonnay-that-is-not-a-sherry but could have fooled the two of us with one whiff.

We’ve only had the pleasure of visiting once (when we ran into Altamarea Group beverage director Hristo Zisovski, to whom his wife Tia Keenan‘s beautiful new book The Art of the Cheese Plate is dedicated) — so far.  But in the weeks ahead, with the restaurant open 6 nights a week (except Mondays) and soon opening for lunch, we’ll definitely be back to celebrate the (re-)birth of something we already know to be new and very special.


Rouge Tomate Chelsea is at 126 West 18th Street (bet. Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Manhattan.  Phone:  646.395.3978  Website:

SHARE Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary at NYC Benefit Featuring Many of NYC’s Best Chefs (Who Just Happen to Be Female)


Top left: SHARE’s Class of 2016 Celebrity Sous Chefs; Top right: Marea chef Lauren De Steno with Andrew Dornenburg; Bottom left: Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen’s Carrot Bun; Bottom right: Team Melba, including Melba’s Restaurant chef-owner Melba Wilson & Karen Page

It’s been a challenging past several days in the New York area, to say the least.  That made the high energy and positive vibes at NYC’s Pier 60 all the more welcome:  Last night marked the 40th anniversary of SHARE, a not-for-profit organization that supports women with breast and ovarian cancer, and we were both happy to be able to yet again support its annual “A Second Helping of Life” benefit, as we have every year since this event’s earliest days.


Congratulating Chef Charleen Badman after the wonderful dinner she cooked at the James Beard House in 2015

The evening brings together some of the city’s best chefs, each paired with a “Celebrity Sous Chef,” who often include authors, actresses, and anchors, and in which capacity Karen is always pleased to serve, since she was first paired with Chef Charleen Badman, then of NYC’s Inside and currently of Scottsdale’s acclaimed FnB restaurant.

melbawilsoncookbookcoverKaren has been paired with other fabulous chefs in the years since — including Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen, Marea’s Lauren DeSteno, and Suenos’ Sue Torres.  This year was no exception, presenting the chance to connect with Harlem’s own Melba Wilson of Melba’s Restaurant at 114th Street and Eighth Avenue.  Melba just saw her first cookbook published this year, Melba’s American Comfort:  100 Recipes From My Heart to Your KitchenShe and her team couldn’t have been lovelier, and it was a pleasure for Karen to spend the night as a member of Team Melba.  We’re already looking forward to getting uptown to Melba’s one Tuesday night for its live music!


Top left: Karen Page, actress Kathleen Chalfant, and Delaware & Hudson chef Patti Jackson; Top right: Annisa chef Anita Lo & Karen Page; Middle: Lauren De Steno’s awesome stuffed zucchini; Bottom left: Cornerstone Communications’ Marsha Palanci pours wine with grace and style; Bottom right: Celebrity sous chefs Ellie Krieger, Karen Page, and Brenda Blackmon

We join SHARE in thanking all of last night’s chefs, including the event’s Executive Chef Angie Mar, Culinary Chairs Abigail Kirsch and Alison Awerbuch, and Participating Chefs:

Einat Admony
Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, Taïm

Alison Awerbuch
Abigail Kirsch Catering

Lynn Bound
Feinstein’s/54 Below

Rebecca Charles
Pearl Oyster Bar

Amanda Cohen
Dirt Candy

Leah Cohen
Pig & Khao

Rebecca DeAngelis

Lauren DeSteno

Colleen Grapes

Alex Guarnaschelli

Patti Jackson
Delaware & Hudson

Sara Jenkins
Porchetta, Porsena

Sarabeth Levine

Anita Lo

Angie Mar
The Beatrice Inn

Sawako Okochi
Shalom Japan

Lauren Resler

Missy Robbins

Allison Robicelli
Robicelli’s Bakery

Amy Scherber
Amy’s Bread

Barbara Sibley
La Palapa

Roxanne Spruance

Sue Torres
Fairfield County Hunt Club

Jessica Weiss

Melba Wilson
Melba´s Restaurant

We especially loved Amanda Cohen‘s Carrot Buns, which we’ve enjoyed previously at Dirt Candy, Lauren De Steno‘s wonderful stuffed zucchini with macadamia nut “ricotta,” and Sue Torres‘ lusty corn tacos on one of the most delicious tortillas imaginable.  (We had to have seconds of each.)  Special thanks to all the chefs who mentioned that they were inspired to showcase vegetarian or vegan dishes last night, knowing that we’d be able to taste them!  And special thanks to chefs like Balaboosta’s Einat Admony, whose team gladly vegetarianized her hummus dish served with warm, puffy pita — if there’s a better hummus than hers out there in the world, we want to taste it!


Top left: Karen Page congratulates Pearl Oyster Bar’s Rebecca Charles, who’s opening a new restaurant in Kennebunk, Maine, next week; Top right: Chef Sue Torres & Karen Page; Middle left: Sue Torres’ amazing corn tacos; Middlr right: Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen, Karen Page, and Amy’s Bread’s Amy Scherber; Bottom left: Brenda Blackmon & Chef Colleen Grapes; Bottom middle: One of several tributes to beloved pastry chef Gina DePalma; Bottom right: “Lucky Phil” with new bride Lauren De Steno of Marea

And a salute to everyone who contributes their time to support the event as a “Celebrity Sous Chef,” and makes participating in this annual event such a special pleasure, including:  Sade Baderinwa, Anchor, WABC-TV Eyewitness News;
Becky Ann Baker, Actress; Brenda Blackmon, Anchor, PIX11 News; Blair Brown, Actress; Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News; Kathleen Chalfant, Broadway and Screen Actress; Tandy Cronyn, Actress; Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet; Donna Hanover, Television Journalist and Actress; Jessica Hecht, Broadway and Screen Actress; Magee Hickey, Reporter, PIX11 News; Cindy Hsu, Anchor and Reporter, CBS 2 News; Ellie Krieger, Television Personality and Cookbook Author; Lisa-Ann Marchesi, Television Personality and Entrepreneur; Karen Page, Culinary Author; Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Author and Founding Editor of Ms. Magazine; Joanna Pruess, Food and travel writer; Ruth Reichl, Chef and Food Writer; Teresa Reichlen, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet; Carol Anne Riddell, Reporter/Host, CUNY TV; Abigail Thomas, Author; Joyce Wadler, Writer and Humorist, The New York Times; and Kirsten Wyatt, Broadway and Screen Actress and Singer.

Most importantly, a salute to SHARE itself on its 40th anniversary of doing what it does so well!


SHARE is a 40-year-old survivor-led organization based in New York City that provides support, information, and resources to women affected by breast and ovarian cancers.  Its mission is to help women and their families address the emotional and practical issues that arise from a cancer diagnosis and to provide the support these women need to feel less isolated, better informed, and more empowered as health care consumers.  More than 40,000 times each year, SHARE programs touch women and men affected by breast or ovarian cancer, as well as members of the general public, through support groups, helplines, education programs, and outreach initiatives.  Making targeted efforts to reach all women affected by breast or ovarian cancer, SHARE places a special emphasis on programming for women from medically underserved communities.  Both LatinaSHARE and SHARE’s Ambassador Program expressly serve women of color, with a focus on low-income women in all five boroughs of New York City.

SHARE‘s annual “A Second Helping of Life” benefit takes place every September at Pier 60 in New York City, so mark your calendars now for September 2017.

Thanking NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton & His Wife Rikki Klieman For Their Service to New York City


Top left: Karen Page, Bill Bratton, Rikki Klieman, and Andrew Dornenburg, celebrating Karen’s and Rikki’s May birthdays; Top middle: Bill and Rikki on the 4th of July; Top right: Rikki Klieman, Bill Bratton, Karen Page, and Daniel Boulud at DANIEL; Middle left: Bill Bratton is served a dessert with a police car on top at Gramercy Tavern; Middle right: Thanking the kitchen at Gramercy Tavern; Bottom left: Celebrating Rikki Klieman being named PAL’s “Woman of the Year,” Bottom middle: In Chicago with Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman and friends; Bottom right: A gift from Bill & Rikki yesterday, which we’ll always treasure

“[Yesterday] signaled the end of Mr. Bratton’s second stint running the department, and a changing of the guard for the nation’s largest municipal police force. It also was the conclusion of a law enforcement career spanning more than four decades, during which Mr. Bratton also led agencies in Los Angeles and Boston, and became one of the most influential figures in American policing.”
–The New York Times (September 17, 2016)

Bill Bratton just deserves all of our thanks.”
–NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

We had the pleasure and privilege of attending multiple swearing-in ceremonies for Commissioner William J. Bratton, one of the most renowned crimefighters in American history.

Yesterday, it was bittersweet to spend the day with Commissioner Bratton and his wife Rikki Klieman at One Police Plaza on Bill’s last day in office.

Like many New Yorkers, we’ll miss knowing that our beloved city is being kept safe in his most capable hands.

But as friends of Rikki and Bill, we’re hopeful that we’ll have the pleasure of seeing even more of them once they’re no longer under the 24/7 stresses of public service.

Our congratulations to Bill and Rikki on this momentous week in their lives (and our best wishes to new NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, whom we also know firsthand to be a pretty terrific guy himself).

And again…”Thanks, Bratman!”

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With Ceremony, William Bratton Bows Out as Police Commissioner in New York

Marking his final day as New York City police commissioner, William J. Bratton marched through a receiving line of hundreds of officers on Friday afternoon, a joyful smile filling his face as he exited Police Headquarters to cheers and the wail of bagpipes, which all but drowned out a small number of protesters.

Rikki Klieman Had a Starring Role as First Lady of the NYPD

Friday was William Bratton’s final day at the helm of the New York Police Department but it also marked a farewell to his wife, Rikki Klieman, one of the most public and engaged first ladies of the NYPD in history.

Happy (10th & 20th) Anniversary to Our Books WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT and CULINARY ARTISTRY


Left: WHAT TO DRINK celebrates its 10-year anniversary in September 2016. Right: CULINARY ARTISTRY will mark its 20-year anniversary in November 2016.

WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT [is] astoundingBrilliant.”
–Ellen Rose on KCRW Radio’s “Good Food” / NPR

CULINARY ARTISTRY offered a groundbreaking approach to the idea of flavor pairings and garnered astounding sales of more than 100,000 copies; the book is said to have revolutionized the way leading chefs cook, including Chicago’s Grant Achatz of Alinea, who claims it is his most-used cookbook.”
–WBEZ / Chicago Public Radio

Not one but two of our bestselling books are celebrating big anniversaries this fall.

This month marks WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT‘s 10th anniversary of publication.  Our first book with a new publisher (Hachette, the parent company of both Bulfinch Press and Little, Brown, under which we’ve published all our books since), this book represented a new direction for us.  We were grateful to see it so widely acclaimed, as it went on to win not one but four top book prizes that year:  the Georges Duboeuf “Wine Book of the Year” Award and the IACP “Cookbook of the Year” Award and the IACP “Best Book on Wine, Beer or Spirits” Award and a Gourmand World Cookbook Award.

November 2016 will mark the 20-year anniversary of the publication of our second book CULINARY ARTISTRY (originally published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, which was purchased by John Wiley and Sons, its current publisher).  That book had a decidedly different initial reception upon its publication:  It received very little media coverage.  It wasn’t nominated for a single book award.  And worse, while our first book BECOMING A CHEF seemed to have been universally acclaimed (winning us our first James Beard Book Award for Best Writing on Food), a lot of people said outright then that they just didn’t “get” CULINARY ARTISTRY.

But the perspective of time — say, 10 or 20 years — is a gift.  Both WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT and CULINARY ARTISTRY found their audiences, going on to six-figure sales (with WHAT TO DRINK today still one of the top 10 bestselling wine books on  It just took one book a lot longer than the other to get there — but CULINARY ARTISTRY has since found a place among the world’s most acclaimed cookbooks.

CookbookStoreTorontoLogoOn the occasion of their bookstore’s 25th anniversary in June 2008, Alison Fryer and Jennifer Grange of The Cookbook Store were asked by the Toronto Star to name their “10 Must-Have Cookbooks of the past 25 years,”  and included CULINARY ARTISTRY on their list:

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
Feast by Nigella Lawson
Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
by Marcella Hazan
Bistro Cooking by Patricia Wells
Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax
Muffin Mania by Cathy Prange and Joan Pauli
The Cuisine of California by Diane Rossen Worthington
CULINARY ARTISTRY by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
The New Food Lover’s Companion by Sharon Tyler Herbst

SouthernLivingLogoSquareSarah Gleim, the cookbook editor for Southern Living, was asked in August 2014 to name her Top 10 Must-Have Cookbooks,” and we were delighted to see not one but two of our books (including CULINARY ARTISTRY) among her choices:

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis
A New Turn in the South by Hugh Acheson
Heritage by Sean Brock
The Southern Pie Book by Jan Moon
I Love New York Cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals by Sarah R. Labensky, Priscilla A. Martel and Alan M. Hause
CULINARY ARTISTRY by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
THE FLAVOR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

ChoppedLogoSquareIn January 2015, the TV show “Chopped” named “18 Must-Own Cookbooks Our Chefs Recommend,” which included CULINARY ARTISTRY:

Joy of Cooking
Mario Batali’s cookbooks
The Oxford Companion to Food
The Art of Living According to Joe Beef

Practical Cookery
The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers
Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi
Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks
The Chef’s Companion
Cook’s Illustrated series
Nihon Ryori Ryugin by Seiji Yamamoto
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
CULINARY ARTISTRY by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
Burma by Naomi Duguid
The Fannie Farmer Baking Book
The Food of the Western World
Giorgio Locatelli’s cookbooks
Bouchon by Thomas Keller

Food&WineSquareLogoIn March 2015, Food & Wine magazine featured CULINARY ARTISTRY as one of “The Best Cookbooks of All Time.”

Later in 2015, the Bangalore-based AIMS Institutes released its list of “14 Must-Reads for Aspiring Chefs,” which included:

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Professional Chef by the Culinary Institute of America
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
The Third Plate by Dan Barber
The Oxford Companion to Food
CULINARY ARTISTRY by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery
Cooking Delights of the Maharajas
The Silver Spoon by The Silver Spoon Kitchen
50 Great Curries of India by Camellia Panjabi
Made In Italy by Giorgio Locatelli

GentlemansGazetteSquareLogoIn November 2015, J.A. Shapira of the Gentleman’s Gazette named “20 Cookbooks Every Chef Should Read”:

The Professional Chef by the Culinary Institute of America
THE FLAVOR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
The Big Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman
Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
CULINARY ARTISTRY by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller
The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss
Grande Livre de Cuisine by Alain Ducasse
Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
White Heat by Marco Pierre White
Le Cordon Bleu’s Complete Cooking Techniques by Jeni Wright
The Barbecue Bible by Stephen Raichlen
Boy Meets Grill by Bobby Flay
The Big Green Egg Cookbook by Lisa Mayer
Weber’s New Real Grilling by Jamie Purviance
Meat: Everything You Need to Know by Pat LaFrieda

chatelaineLogoPinkSquareEarlier this year, Claire Tansey, food director of Canada’s Chatelaine magazine, named “A Dozen Cookbooks Everyone Should Own”:

The Silver Palate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child et al
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart
Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
River Cottage Meat by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey
China Express by Nina Simonds
Joy of Cooking
The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
CULINARY ARTISTRY by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
Yours:  “Whether it’s a notebook or a box of recipe cards, everyone needs a place to keep great recipes we encounter.”

Today, not just in the United States but around the world, CULINARY ARTISTRY has been cited as a beloved favorite of serious home cooks as well as a cult classic among leading professional chefs, who often gift it to the cooks in their kitchens and recommend it to aspiring chefs who ask them for advice.

In the weeks ahead, we look forward to celebrating some of the chefs and drinks experts who made CULINARY ARTISTRY and WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT possible — and those who have been among the books’ biggest supporters.  We’re enormously grateful to all of you.

[P.S.  Have a story about CULINARY ARTISTRY or WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT you’d like to share?  Email it to us here, and we just might share it in this space in the weeks ahead.]


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THE FLAVOR BIBLE Is Named Today As One of “10 Life-Changing Cookbooks” by The Huffington Post


Associate Food Editor Juliette Steen (top, center) of The Huffington Post – Australia names THE FLAVOR BIBLE one of “10 Life-Changing Cookbooks”

“To expand your cookbook collection and get inspired, The Huffington Post – Australia rounded up 10 of the best, highest rated cookbooks of all time….If you’re new to cooking and want an excellent beginner’s cookbook, THE FLAVOUR BIBLE is a perfect match. Page and Dornenburg take you through killer flavour combinations and tips on texture and balance to create a delicious dish every time.”
Juliette Steen, Associate Food Editor of The Huffington Post – Australia, in naming it one of her “10 Life Changing Books You Need In Your Kitchen”

In 2012, the Harvard Business Review reported that “Strong social support correlates with an astonishing number of desirable outcomes. For instance, research by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Timothy Smith, and Bradley Layton shows that high levels of social support predict longevity as reliably as regular exercise does, and low social support is as damaging as high blood pressure.”

When you create books for a living, your “social support” often comes from readers — and reviewers.  As authors, we’re enormously grateful to all of our readers, but have to admit a special place in our hearts for those who take the time to share their enthusiasm for our books far and wide.

And so we’d like to offer our thanks to The Huffington Post‘s Australian Associate Food Editor Juliette Steen, who today named THE FLAVOR BIBLE among her “10 Life Changing Cookbooks You Need In Your Kitchen — for beginners, chefs, and everyone in between.”

We were happy to find THE FLAVOR BIBLE in excellent company — as Steen’s entire list included:

  1.  Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book 
    [OK, so we weren’t familiar with this one, but a quick Google search suggested that it’s sold more than a million copies, so it seems to have many fans down under!]
  2. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
  3. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
  4. Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver
  5. Momofuku by David Chang
  6. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
  7. THE FLAVOUR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
  8. White Heat by Marco Pierre White
  9. How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
  10. Thai Food by David Thompson

Our thanks again to Juliette Steen for her much-welcomed “social support” today, which is helping to inspire our work on our next book KITCHEN CREATIVITY — which we are hopeful will change a few lives of its own!

Juliette Steen is the Associate Food Editor of The Huffington Post – Australia, whose posts can be found here.