Shelf Awareness Names Its “Favorite Cookbooks of 2017,” Which Include Our Book KITCHEN CREATIVITY

Sara Catterall reviews KITCHEN CREATIVITY for Shelf Awareness’s list of “Favorite Cookbooks of 2017”

“[KITCHEN CREATIVITY] will appeal to cooks at every level, and those interested in creativity, whatever the medium.”
–Sara Catterall, Shelf Awareness

Shelf Awareness has evolved into a daily must-read for those in and around the field of book publishing, by delivering on its motto “Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade.”  

In naming “Our Favorite Cookbooks of 2017,” their editors muse, “How many chefs does it take to whittle down our favorite cookbooks of 2017 to only 20? Many–and from all culinary corners, including some who couldn’t sauté if their lives depended on it, a few who can and will happily follow complicated recipes with tasty success, and those who just want to eat, already!”

We’re delighted that Shelf Awareness‘s list includes KITCHEN CREATIVITY. About it, reviewer Sara Catterall writes:

“Recipes are a good place for anyone to start cooking, but it can be more rewarding to learn how to cook inventively to please your tastes, with the best ingredients available to you. Food writer Karen Page (THE FLAVOR BIBLE) has written many acclaimed books with photography by her husband, Andrew Dornenburg. In KITCHEN CREATIVITY she compiles the advice of successful chefs, and studies how they manage their creative lives. Sections discuss techniques, how flavors and textures work together, and how to invent new dishes. In sidebars and subsections, Page offers a five-step creative process, historical origins of flavor combinations, sources for the best ingredients, book recommendations and lists of award-winning chefs and restaurants. An encyclopedia-style section is meant to spark ideas with entries such as Altitude, Enneagrams and Summer. This book will appeal to cooks at every level, and those interested in creativity, whatever the medium. Discover: A top food writer presents the creative lives and technical advice of professional chefs in this combination creativity study and cooking manual.

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Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg Interviewed About KITCHEN CREATIVITY by Scott Giambastiani for “Talks At Google”

Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page with the team at Google headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, on Nov. 7th

“Award-winning authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg share that great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Their new book, KITCHEN CREATIVITY, is a paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes!) that will inspire you to think, improvise and identify ways to bring dishes that have made lasting impressions over your life into your own home.”
Talks at Google

The “Talks at Google” program brings authors, innovators, scientists, actors, actresses, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and speakers of all kinds to Google for talks centering on their work — and we were happy to be invited to speak to a packed room of Googlers in Sunnyvale, California, earlier this month about our new book KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius–with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs:

Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg: “Kitchen Creativity” | Talks at Google

Award-winning authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg share that great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Their new book, Kitchen Creativity, is a paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes!)


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,

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
Cheers to the Publican 

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

The Food Lab 
Love Real Food
Salt Fat Acid Heat

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! 

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:


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.

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  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  He is the author of The Art of Blending and The Spice Companion.

The 92nd Street Y is at

Kitchen Arts and Letters is at 1435 Lexington Avenue at 94th Street in Manhattan; 212.876.5550, and at  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.