A Beautiful Plate Names KITCHEN CREATIVITY to its 2017 Cookbook Gift Guide

KITCHEN CREATIVITY:  Written by the same authors behind my favorite FLAVOR BIBLE and VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE, this latest book is about learning how to become more creative in the kitchen.  It draws on knowledge and ideas from chefs, teaches you how to jump-start the idea process, and shares information about historic dishes from all over the world.”
Laura Davidson, ABeautifulPlate.com

Laura Davidson of the blog A Beautiful Plate just named our book KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius–with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs to her 2017 Cookbook Gift Guide, a list of her dozen most-loved (and coveted!) books of the past year.

Laura Davidson of A Beautiful Plate

Laura’s complete list of picks includes:

Back Pocket Pasta
Bravetart
Cheers to the Publican 

Cooking for Jeffrey
Dinner:  Changing the Game
Dinner in an Instant

The Food Lab 
KITCHEN CREATIVITY
Love Real Food
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Sweet

Tartine Bread

Our heartfelt thanks to Laura for including KITCHEN CREATIVITY as one of her favorites of 2017!


A Beautiful Plate is Chicago-based chef, food photographer, and recipe developer Laura Davidson‘s seasonal food blog dedicated to simplifying the art of cooking. She writes, “Whether it’s through cooking guides and how-to’s, artful plating, or creative recipes, I’m here to spark inspiration and creativity in your kitchen!”  Indeed!  abeautifulplate.com 

Citymeals’ 31st Annual Power Lunch Raises $1 Million+ For Homebound Elderly, And Introduces 400 Movers and Shakers to KITCHEN CREATIVITY

Top left: Citymeals’ 31st Annual Power Lunch for Women at The Rainbow Room on Nov. 16th; Top right: Guests received a copy of KITCHEN CREATIVITY in their goodie bags; Bottom left: Karen’s (and the world’s) favorite actress Meryl Streep with her copy of KITCHEN CREATIVITY; Bottom right: Karen Page with Citymeals Co-President Daniel Boulud, “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman, and Citymeals’ Executive Director Beth Shapiro

Yesterday, hundreds of New York City’s most powerful women gathered at The Rainbow Room to raise money to feed the city’s homebound elderly at Citymeals’ 31st Annual Power Lunch for Women.

As a token of appreciation for the generosity of those nearly 400 women (not to mention the men who pay $10,000 for the privilege to dine with them, including Citymeals’ Co-Presidents Chef Daniel Boulud and Bob Grimes), each received a copy of our book KITCHEN CREATIVITY with their gift bag thanks to the generosity of Little, Brown and Company.

The lunch is always one of the highlights of Karen’s year, but seeing her (not to mention the world’s!) all-time favorite actress Meryl Streep holding a copy of KITCHEN CREATIVITY was a highlight of Karen’s life!

Emceed by Rosanna Scotto, this star-studded event indeed drew Meryl Streep as well as Liam Neeson, Christie Brinkley, Kathie Lee Gifford, and a host of other celebrities of film, TV, stage, industry, and the professions (including Madison Park Ventures’ Cathie Black, philanthropist Jill BlackNew York Times bestselling authors Bianca Bosker and Laura Day, Rotisserie Georgette’s Georgette Farkas and Fabrique’s Francine Farkas, Kasirer LLC’s Suri Kasirer, “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman, designer/restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff, restaurateurs Maria Loi and Marisa May, Google’s Allison Stein and Becca Ginsberg, actress Kathleen Turner, and The Strand owner Nancy Wyden) to honor Nick Valenti and the Patina Restaurant Group along with Tren’ness Woods-Black.

Top left: Karen Page with Citymeals’ co-founder (with James Beard) Gael Greene and Co-President Bob Grimes; Top right: Citymeals beloved volunteer shows off KITCHEN CREATIVITY; Bottom left: Gael Greene is introduced by emcee Rosanna Scotto

Last year’s honoree co-founder Gael Greene was on hand for the introduction of a moving video about Citymeals’ outstanding volunteers, who in some cases become surrogate family to meal recipients.

Top left: Karen Page and Rikki Klieman; Top right: Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier’s New York City chapter; Karen Page with Dana Sachs Stoddard; Bottom left: Karen Page and Laura Day; Karen Page with Google’s Becca Ginsberg and Allison Kronick Stein; Bottom right: Karen Page with New York Times bestselling author of CORK DORK Bianca Bosker

Seeing long-time friends and connecting with new ones is always a highlight of the afternoon — as is being reminded that every dollar we donate is going to an exceptionally well-run organization serving an exceptionally deserving cause.

Citymeals-on-Wheels devotes 100 percent of every dollar you donate to the preparation and delivery of delicious, nutritious meals to the city’s homebound elderly.  It only takes two minutes to donate online here.

Or, you’re welcome to mail your check this holiday season to Citymeals-on-Wheels, 355 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017.

Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg’s KITCHEN CREATIVITY Book Tour

KITCHEN CREATIVITY [is] an essential reference for any and every cook….A wonderful resource….Amazing–it will change your life….”
Margaret McSweeney, host, Kitchen Chat

“This book left me flabbergasted….You defy a niche….I love that it encourages people to play….This book is great….A fabulous book.”
Sukey Pett, Sukey’s Diner on Milwaukee’s Riverwest Radio 104.1

“Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are authors of a number of wonderful books….BECOMING A CHEF changed the whole conversation….KITCHEN CREATIVITY:  Love it!”
Clark Wolf, host, At the Table on KSRO Radio

As we get ready to head out on book tour with KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius–With Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs (Little, Brown; Oct. 31, 2017), we wanted to share in one convenient location where you can find us when in the days and weeks ahead.

So check back, as there are cities and venues yet to be confirmed, and hopefully we’ll be making it to your part of the country before too long:

KITCHEN CREATIVITY Book Tour

Nov. 3rd, noon:  “The Leonard Lopate Show” on WNYC Radio:  “Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg On How Chefs Come Up with New Dishes

Nov. 4th, noon:  Rotisserie Georgette in New York City:
Karen Page (KITCHEN CREATIVITY, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT) in conversation with Bianca Bosker (CORK DORK)

Nov. 5th, 3 pm:  Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, California

Nov. 6th, 6:30 pm:  Omnivore Books in San Francisco

Nov. 7th, 11:30 am:  Google – Corporate Event

Nov. 7th, 7 pm:  Book Shop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA

Nov. 8th, 1:15 pm:  Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA

Nov. 8th, 6 pm:  Book Passage in Sausalito, CA

Nov. 9th, 6 pm:  The Spice House in Chicago

Nov. 10th, 11:45 am:  Les Dames d’Escoffier hosts a lunch prepared by Chef Carrie Nahabedian of Naha and Brindille, Chicago

November 10th, 6 pm and 8:30 pm:  Amalinda in Milwaukee:
Five Tastes Dinner (two seatings: 6 pm and 8:30 pm)

November 11th, noon:   The Spice House in Milwaukee
Book signing from noon – 1:30 pm

November 13th, 6 pm:  Rizzoli in New York City:
Karen Page moderates panel discussion with Chefs Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Damon Baehrel of Damon Baehrel, and Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy

November 15th, 6 pm:  The New School in New York City:
Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg speak to Rozanne Gold about KITCHEN CREATIVITY and the “Language of Food”

November 20th:  “On the Menu” with Ann & Peter Haigh

January 7th:  “Small Bites” with Derek Timm

Rotisserie Georgette Hosts Karen Page and Bianca Bosker for A Wine-Soaked Literary Luncheon

Restaurateur extraordinaire Georgette Farkas is on a roll — bringing together food-and-wine-loving authors for literary salons at her beloved Rotisserie Georgette on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Today, she graciously hosted a wine-soaked lunch featuring authors Karen Page and Bianca Bosker in conversation with one another about their respective books KITCHEN CREATIVITY and Cork Dork.

Their wide-ranging discussion about all things wine and more spanned sensory development, food and wine pairing, and even “hospitality included.”

With Piper-Heidsieck as an event sponsor, the Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut Cuvee 1785 flowed freely throughout the lunchtime event, as guests mingled and perused books (available for sale on site via Andrea Shane‘s Books on Call NYC, Inc.) before sitting down to a three-course lunch of Madeleines Provencal, Rillettes de Saumon, Poule de Luxe, all accompanied by a luscious 2016 Chapoutier “Anne-Sophie Pic” Cotes-du-Rhone.  One of the city’s best Tarte Tatins was served with a dollop of creme fraiche for dessert.

Guests at the luncheon included wine columnist Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, authors Andrew Dornenburg and Peter Hellman, Yvon Moller of the James Beard Foundation, and Broadway agent Marilynn Scott Murphy.

Our heartfelt thanks to Georgette Farkas and Rotisserie Georgette for hosting such a lovely event coinciding with KITCHEN CREATIVITY‘s launch week!

[And special thanks to our long-time favorite event photographer Howard Childs — who says he began his career via a chance meeting with photographer Irving Penn while working at Callaway Editions — for these images as well as those from our 92nd Street Y event earlier this week.  Howard’s other clients have included Hermes of Paris, the James Beard Foundation (through which we were first introduced in 2003), and W Hotels, in addition to private individuals in New York City and Asia; and, by the way, he’s booking now for the busy holiday party and portrait season!]

Rotisserie Georgette is at 14 East 60th Street (near Madison Avenue) in Manhattan.  212.390.8060.  rotisserieg.com

Celebrating KITCHEN CREATIVITY‘s Launch at the 92nd Street Y with Daniel Boulud, James Kent, and Lior Lev Sercarz

Top left: Daniel Boulud, Karen Page, James Kent, Andrew Dornenburg and Lior Lev Sercarz; top right: Matt Sartwell of Kitchen Arts and Letters bookstore with Daniel Boulud; Bottom right: Andrew Dornenburg, Daniel Boulud, and Karen Page

Top left: James Kent, Lior Lev Sercarz, and Karen Page; Top right: 92nd Street Y’s Christine Chen with Karen Page; Middle: Daniel Boulud, Divya Alter, Lior Lev Sercarz; Bottom left: Daniel Boulud; Bottom right: Rikki Klieman, James Kent, and Pamela Morgan

Top right: Little, Brown executive editor Mike Szczerban with Karen Page; bottom left: Rikki Klieman with Daniel Boulud

“This was a fantastic event. Congratulations, on the release of your new and extraordinary book, KITCHEN CREATIVITY!”
Divya Alter, chef-owner, Divya’s Kitchen, the best Ayurvedic restaurant in New York City and perhaps the United States

“A great night. Congratulations –a beautiful book!”
Rikki Klieman, legal analyst, “CBS This Morning”

Such a special night celebrating the new book #kitchencreativity from my friends @theflavorbible with esteemed chefs @danielboulud @la_boite @chefjkent.”
Pamela Morgan, caterer, cooking school instructor, and cookbook author

Our heartfelt thanks to esteemed chefs Daniel Boulud (whom it was observed last night has won virtually every category of James Beard Awards over the years, including 1994 Outstanding Chef, 2006 Outstanding Restaurateur, 2009 Outstanding Service, and 2010 Outstanding Restaurant, among others), James Kent, and Lior Lev Sercarz for joining us last night at the 92nd Street Y for the very first event of KITCHEN CREATIVITY‘s book tour.

(Both Kent and Sercarz have worked with Boulud — supporting Team USA for the Bocuse d’Or, which finally won gold in 2017, and as Daniel’s former sous chef, respectively.)

Karen moderated a panel discussion on the topic of unlocking culinary genius which was attended by many home cooks as well as professional chefs and cookbook authors (including Divya Alter, author of What to Eat for How You Feel and chef/co-owner of Divya’s Kitchen, and Pamela Morgan of Flirting with Flavors),  and even noted television personalities (thanks to Rikki Klieman!).

Thanks to Little, Brown executive editor Mike Szczerban for his support of KITCHEN CREATIVITY…and thanks, too, to Kitchen Arts and Letters’ Matt Sartwell and to the 92nd Street Y’s Christine Chen for gracing us with their presence and hosting such a warm welcome to the world for KITCHEN CREATIVITY….We’ll never forget it!

Daniel Boulud is at The Dinex Group at danielnyc.com.  He just came out with a new edition of his classic book Letters to a Young Chef, of which you can pick up a signed copy for holiday gifting at Kitchen Arts and Letters.  His other books include the Cafe Boulud Cookbook, Cooking with Daniel Boulud, and Daniel, among others.

James Kent, former chef at The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park, is opening his own restaurant in Manhattan in 2018.

Lior Lev Sercarz is at the luxury spice store La Boite at laboiteny.com.  He is the author of The Art of Blending and The Spice Companion.

The 92nd Street Y is at 92y.org.

Kitchen Arts and Letters is at 1435 Lexington Avenue at 94th Street in Manhattan; 212.876.5550, and at kitchenartsandletters.com.  As of this writing, it is the only bookstore in New York City to have signed copies of KITCHEN CREATIVITY available, so grab yours while you can!

KITCHEN CREATIVITY is available at better bookstores everywhere, as of October 31, 2017.

KITCHEN CREATIVITY Hits Bookstore Shelves Today: October 31, 2017

This book left me flabbergasted….You defy a niche….I love that it encourages people to play….This book is great….A fabulous book.”
Sukey Pett, Sukey’s Diner on Milwaukee’s Riverwest Radio 104.1

Two proud parents, us….as our new book KITCHEN CREATIVITY makes its debut today: October 31, 2017.

It was actually helpful to talk with Milwaukee Radio’s Sukey Pett about it last night, as she seemed to struggle to categorize it much as we often do with our own books:  They’re not exactly cookbooks, although you’ll find them shelved in the Cookbooks section of bookstores.  “They’re not quite philosophy books, not quite memoirs,” ventured Sukey.

We write the books we most want to read that don’t yet exist, we offered.

Just like the image on the cover of KITCHEN CREATIVITY, every person has their own fascinating take on it.

We’re thrilled and honored that some of the authors and others we admire most have already weighed in on KITCHEN CREATIVITY with these words:

“Utter genius…If Leonardo da Vinci wrote a book on culinary creativity in 2017, this would be it.”
Michael Gelb, New York Times bestselling author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and The Art of Connection

An instant classic, the rare book that helps the creator learn to think, not just do.”
Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of Linchpin

“Who was that visionary who first intuited that the tasteless red berry on the bush, if processed just right, could burst into coffee? Who made that first cake? Chefs have always been an intuitive lot. The best are visionary sensualists for whom food is high lovemaking, unleashing ever new and ancient, multisensory delights.  KITCHEN CREATIVITY is a walk on the wild side with today’s most visionary chefs.
Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, founder and director, American Visionary Art Museum

“Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg have dedicated their storied careers as gastronomic scribes—diligently researching and documenting the culture, history, science, and techniques of cooking.  Not surprisingly, each one of their acclaimed books has become a must-read for professional chefs and home cooks alike.  Their latest, KITCHEN CREATIVITY, proudly joins the family—generously ladling practical advice towards acing the art of culinary innovation, imbuing the reader with newfound confidence, skill, and inspiration. No doubt it will become essential in my own collection!”
Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group and author of the New York Times bestseller Setting the Table

“The hardest question I’ve ever been asked is:  ‘How do you teach someone to be creative?’ Now I have a resource I can wholeheartedly recommend!”
Michel Nischan, founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, and winner of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award

This splendid book is the perfect roadmap for a young chef to attain culinary stardom. First, follow the great classic cooks by imitating them. Second, massage that knowledge to fit your palate and esthetic sense. Third and finally, become yourself.”
Jacques Pepin, Emmy Award-winning television host, recipient of France’s Legion d’Honneur, and author of A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen With Shorey

KITCHEN CREATIVITY is a book we would love to have written. A delectable mix of sensuality, intellect, insight and surprise that reveals not only the secrets of creative chefs, but of creativity itself.”
—MacArthur Fellow Robert Root-Bernstein and Michele Root-Bernstein, authors, Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People

“Just as The Flavor Bible and Culinary Artistry have been invaluable to chefs and cooks navigating the world of flavor, KITCHEN CREATIVITY promises to guide them insightfully and inspirationally through the creative process—mindful of the fact that this is something that should always be fun.”
Marcus Samuelsson, chef-owner, Red Rooster, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird in Harlem, and author of the New York Times bestseller Yes, Chef

KITCHEN CREATIVITY is a book we would love to have written. A delectable mix of sensuality, intellect, insight and surprise that reveals not only the secrets of creative chefs, but of creativity itself.”
Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration Emerita, Harvard Business School, and author of Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization

Let us know what you think the image is on the cover of KITCHEN CREATIVITY — and to weigh in on KITCHEN CREATIVITY itself!  We look forward to your comments.

KITCHEN CREATIVITY is available at better bookstores everywhere, as of today.

(NOTE:  Journalists and bloggers seeking a review copy of KITCHEN CREATIVITY can contact Little, Brown publicist Zea Moscone at zea.moscone@hbgusa.com.)

KITCHEN CREATIVITY Launches in New York City With Three November Events

Bottom row: Chef Daniel Boulud (DANIEL, Cafe Boulud, Boulud Sud, et al), Chef James Kent (The NoMad, Eleven Madison Park, and his own forthcoming Manhattan restaurant), and Chef Lior Lev Sercarz (La Boite)

KITCHEN CREATIVITY is a book we would love to have written. A delectable mix of sensuality, intellect, insight and surprise that reveals not only the secrets of creative chefs, but of creativity itself.”
—MacArthur Fellow Robert Root-Bernstein and Michele Root-Bernstein, authors, Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People

Even after coming out with 10 previous books, it’s still magical to see the entire process unfold as our clouds of inspirations take shape as wordy book proposals and then as designed pages with evocative photographs, eventually making their way onto a printer’s press to become physical reality as a book.

But the process doesn’t end there.  If no one reads a book, does it make a sound?

What really brings a book to life for us is hitting the road on book tour, when the ideas we’ve gathered and sifted and honed are shared with readers, who can take insights home and put them to work immediately to make their lives better.

We love that part.

So we’re especially excited to have three great events planned in our hometown of New York City to help bring to life our forthcoming book KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius–With Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs (Little, Brown; Oct. 31, 2017).

First up is on Wednesday, November 1st, at 7 pm, when Karen will moderate a distinguished panel of chefs at the 92nd Street Y as part of their Kitchen Arts and Letters series.  Join us to hear from legendary chef Daniel Boulud (DANIEL, Cafe Boulud, Boulud Sud, et al), who will be signing copies of the new edition of his classic Letters to a Young Chef; James Kent (formerly of Bouley and most recently of The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park), who will be launching his own new restaurant in Manhattan; and Lior Lev Sercarz (formerly sous chef at DANIEL), now of the spice shop La Boite, who will sign copies of his spice book.  To register, click here.

On Saturday, November 4th, join us for a three-course lunch with wine pairings at noon at Rotisserie Georgette, where Karen will be in conversation with Bianca Bosker as the two interview each other about KITCHEN CREATIVITY and Bianca’s New York Times bestseller Cork Dork.  To register, click here.

Bottom row: Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Chef Damon Baehrel of Damon Baehrel, and Chef Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy

And on Monday, November 13th, from 6 to 7:30 pm, please join us for a panel discussion of KITCHEN CREATIVITY with acclaimed chefs Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern (who will sign copies of his award-winning V is for Vegetables), Damon Baehrel of Damon Baehrel (who will sign copies of Native Harvest), and Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy (who will sign copies of Dirt Candy: A Cookbook).  Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis; no tickets are required.

Each of these promises to be a not-to-be-missed event, so we’ll hope to see you at all three!

KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius–With Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs by Karen Page, with Photographs by Andrew Dornenburg, is being published by Little, Brown and will be available at better bookstores everywhere on October 31, 2017.