Renowned Psychic Fahrusha — Who Helped Us Recover Karen’s Missing Diamond in 2003 — Pals Around with Jimmy Fallon and Blake Shelton on National TV

Blake Shelton and Jimmy Go to a Palm Reader

Jimmy and Blake Shelton have never been to a palm reader before, so they visit Madame Fahrusha to find out about their futures.

The best psychics in NYC:  From tarot card readers to mediums, we’ve done the research and tracked down the top psychics in New York….Intuitive and remote viewer Fahrusha has been giving readings since her teens. By using palmistry, tarot readings, direct psychic revelation and occasionally reading photographs and handwriting, she has guided many clients through their pressing questions about the future. She has helped former clients in both worldly matters, like recovering lost objects, and celestially with guidance through UFO experiences. Recently, she has brought her extensive knowledge of parapsychology to ‘Shattered Reality,’ her podcast with Kate Valentine.”
Time Out: New York (August 4, 2015)

In our first e-newsletter, which was published in 2004, we shared this now infamous story:

A year ago, much to my horror, I discovered that my diamond had fallen out of the engagement ring Andrew had given me when he’d proposed to me under the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree 14 years earlier. Having no idea whether it had fallen out while on my daily run in Central Park, in our apartment, or somewhere in the miles between, I nonetheless searched our home for the better part of a day — and was devastated when I wasn’t able to find it.

A strange idea crossed my mind, as I suspect it might whenever someone becomes this distraught: I thought about Fahrusha, the lovely woman named one of the city’s top 10 psychics by New York magazine whom I had hired for the prior several years to provide psychic readings as entertainment at an annual alumnae party I organized — even though I was always so busy hosting the party that I’d never asked her for a reading myself.

Since I had already given up all hope of ever finding my diamond, I decided I had nothing to lose. Feeling a bit ridiculous, I called her and explained my predicament. Fahrusha — who’s never set foot in our home — replied matter-of-factly that my diamond had fallen out of the setting when I’d taken my ring off my finger and put it in the white box that I’d put on top of my bureau. (As I had done exactly that before I’d left home to get a manicure, she had my attention!) She told me that my diamond was at an angle that made it hard to spot with the naked eye, and that in the morning Andrew and I should buy a very strong flashlight and shine it around the floor — and that perhaps I might catch a glimpse of its sparkle.

The next morning, we did as she advised. Within 10 minutes of shining the flashlight along the floor of our bedroom, I saw a glint — my diamond!

In addition to earning my eternal gratitude, I thought Fahrusha had at the very least earned lunch at any restaurant of her choice in Manhattan! She mentioned that she had once done readings at a party hosted by a network executive upstairs at Le Bernardin — and that the hors d’oeuvres had been so delicious she’d wondered ever since what it would be like to dine there. My 3+ hour lunch there with Fahrusha was one of the most memorable of my life — for the great pleasure of getting to know Fahrusha better, not to mention the great pleasure of savoring chef Eric Ripert‘s extraordinary cuisine!

Thus, while neither of us understands how Fahrusha gets her information, Andrew and I have learned to listen when she makes predictions….

We still don’t know how Fahrusha is able to get such accurate information, but we and many of our friends have been amazed by our conversations with her — and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and his guest Blake Shelton appeared to be hugely entertained during the segment with her that aired last night — which has already been widely reported in Billboard, Broadway World, Entertainment Tonight, et al:

Billboard:  “Blake Shelton & Jimmy Fallon Go to a Palm Reader (and Relentlessly Mock Each Other) on ‘Fallon‘”

Broadway World:  “Jimmy Fallon & Blake Shelton Visit A Palm Reader On TONIGHT SHOW

E! News:  “Blake Shelton and Jimmy Fallon Get Their Palms Read—and It Gets Slightly Risqué

Entertainment Tonight:  “Blake Shelton Gets His Palms Read With Jimmy Fallon, Jokes About Having ‘Too Much Sex’”

Congratulations, Fahrusha!

Fahrusha was featured as one of a dozen “Psychic Superstars” in a New York magazine cover story.  She has also been featured as one of the city’s best psychics in Time Out:New York, and has also made appearances on “The View,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” National Public Radio, and in the pages of The New York Times.  She cohosts the podcast “Shattered Reality” that can be found at  Her website is, and she can be reached via email at

To Its Tagline “Wines. Hospitality. Nature.” May We Propose That Edmond de Rothschild Heritage Add “Cheese.”?

Top, left: Winemaker Fabrice Darmaillacq with Andrew Dornenburg; Top, right: Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, and Karen Page

Top, left: On behalf of Edmond de Rothschild, Boris Bréau welcomes guests to The NoMad; Top, right: The NoMad sommelier Sarah Plath; Center: Karen Page, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Managing Director Ignacio Calvo de Mora Brito Cunha

“He who knows how to taste wine does not drink it but tastes to tease out its secrets.”
–Salvador Dali

Edmond de Rothschild Heritage had us enraptured at a wine tasting lunch at The NoMad on Friday afternoon.  However, we were surprised that our rapture wasn’t reserved exclusively for its wines — which included an elegantly restrained 2017 Rimapere Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (and were told we were the first in the world to taste the new vintage) and a 2016 Merle Blanc de Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild Bordeaux (a compelling lemon and grapefruit-noted blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, rounded out by Muscadelle and Semillon Gris).

However, we turned out to be just as gaga — if not more so! — over its Perigord black truffle cheese.

Bottom, Left: One of our very favorite goodie boxes of all time, Edmond de Rothschild Heritage allowed us to take home a generous portion of its heavenly black truffle cheese — which The NoMad served alongside Rothschild’s own honey (Bottom, Right)

As our lunch’s gracious host Baroness Ariane de Rothschild explained to us, all it took was one family member (her father-in-law) who mourned the sad state of the French cheeses he’d been tasting — and knew he could do better, leading him to pronounce, “I’ll make my own!”  His passion led him to craft Bries de Meaux cheese, half it lengthwise, and fill the center with a mixture of black truffles and triple-creme cheese.

The result — Le Fermier a la Truffe Noire du Perigord — is one of the most jaw-droppingly delicious cheeses we’ve ever tasted.  Paired with the family’s own Miel Toutes Fleurs du Domaine, no one needed dessert (which the restaurant whisked away too quickly for us to taste anyway).

While not yet available in the United States, fortunate cheese lovers should definitely hope for a taste during their next visit to Bordeaux.

P.S.  This post is merely Part I — Part II will go into the wines further.  Oh, yes, never forget that Edmond de Rothschild is still perhaps best known for estate red wines — and if you’re ever lucky enough to stumble across the 2001 Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild Listrac-Medoc, with its notes of leather and smoke, you just might remember it for a very long time.

Edmond de Rothschild Heritage is known for “Wines. Hospitality. Nature.”  (Plus, if we have our way, Cheese. Extraordinary Cheese.)

Peering Into The Heads of Amazing Chefs: A Conversation About KITCHEN CREATIVITY With “Good Food” Host Evan Kleiman

In the studio at NPR member station KCRW Radio in Los Angeles

“That’s Karen Page.  Together with her husband, photographer Andrew Dornenburg, she’s written some of the most respected tomes on modern cooking today.  Karen and Andrew recently released their 11th book — called KITCHEN CREATIVITY.  In it, they offer culinary education from the world’s greatest chefs, without relying on a single recipe.”
Evan Kleiman, host, “Good Food” on NPR member station KCRW (Los Angeles)

It’s always a joy to be interviewed by a really thoughtful, passionate radio host — and former restaurateur Evan Kleiman is one of the most thoughtful and passionate radio hosts by whom we’ve ever had the pleasure of being interviewed.

She’s hosted KCRW’s “Good Food” show for more than two decades now, bringing out the insights of thousands of food experts and chefs through weekly conversations on this must-listen radio show and its podcasts.

During our unforgettable book tour stop in Los Angeles (which we’ll share more about soon!), we had the privilege of being invited to join Evan in the studio for one of our favorite conversations to date about KITCHEN CREATIVITY.  If you listen to only one interview about KITCHEN CREATIVITY, we hope you’ll make this the one:

Kitchen Creativity, Deb Perelman, and the myth of ‘easy cooking’

We’re looking inside the modern home kitchen. Cookbook authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are unleashing creativity. Deb Perelman looks back on Smitten Kitchen and talks everyday meals. Amy Trubek says home cooking has come a long way. And food historian Rachel Laudan explains why ‘easy cooking’ is far from it.

What was the most transformational moment in modern gastronomic history? What can we learn from those who were in the room where it happened? How can we apply the lessons of the world’s most creative chefs to make ourselves more creative, whether in the kitchen or beyond?

You’ll hear insights into the creativity of chefs like Ferran Adria (3:00), Rick Bayless (9:41), Daniel Boulud (8:22), Jeremy Fox (1:57), Daniel Humm (10:47), Eric Ripert (10:05), Michael Scelfo (5:38), Joshua Skenes (10:40), Jacques Torres (3:00), and more.

“I feel like every time I open one of your books, it’s like peering into the heads of all of these really amazing chefs.  And I feel like — particularly with this book — I’m wondering….Would it have been possible, this book, without all the previous conversations you’ve had with chefs for all the other books?”
Evan Kleiman, host, “Good Food” on NPR member station KCRW (Los Angeles)

And you’ll learn our resounding answer to Evan’s provocative question as to whether a one-of-a-kind book like KITCHEN CREATIVITY would even have been possible were it not for the conversations that were started in books like BECOMING A CHEF, CULINARY ARTISTRY, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, and THE FLAVOR BIBLE.  


KCRW’s “Good Food” has been a must-listen show for food lovers hosted by Los Angeleno Evan Kleiman for more than 20 years.

KITCHEN CREATIVITY Panel Discussion with Celebrated Chefs Amanda Cohen, Damon Baehrel, and Michael Anthony

If you weren’t able to join us for the recent panel discussion Karen Page moderated around our brand-new book KITCHEN CREATIVITY at Rizzoli in New York City, never fear — you can listen to the insights of acclaimed chefs Amanda Cohen (of Dirt Candy), Damon Baehrel (of Damon Baehrel), and 2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award winner Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern) here:

And if you’re curious about some of the insider references therein:

– Karen has celebrated her birthday every recent May with “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman (wife of former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who was also in attendance at Rizzoli) at Gramercy Tavern.

– The first vegetarian restaurant to earn a two-star review from The New York Times was Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson‘s Candle 79 in Manhattan.  (Potenza and Pierson attended the Rizzoli event.)

– The Ayurvedic chef-restaurateur featured in KITCHEN CREATIVITY and in attendance at Rizzoli was Divya Alter of the acclaimed Ayurvedic restaurant Divya’s Kitchen and the Ayurvedic cooking school Bhagavat Life in Manhattan.

Top left: Mike Anthony, Karen Page, Damon Baehrel, and Amanda Cohen; Center: Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg, and “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman; Bottom left: Candle 79 co-owners Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson

KITCHEN CREATIVITY was named one of the best cookbooks of 2017 in media from Forbes to The Washington Post, and ranked by as the #2 non-recipe food book of 2017.  It won the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Food Writing – U.S.

Moderator Karen Page is the author of KITCHEN CREATIVITY.

Amanda Cohen is the chef-owner of Dirt Candy in New York City, and the author of Dirt Candy.

Damon Baehrel is the chef-owner of Damon Baehrel in Earlton, NY, and the author of Native Harvest.

Michael Anthony is the chef-partner of Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and the author of V is for Vegetables. 

KITCHEN CREATIVITY Named Winner of 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for “Food Writing” – USA

KITCHEN CREATIVITY is the winner selected to represent the U.S. in the Food Writing category.”
–Zhang Yaping, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Christmas came a day early for us — as we were delighted to wake up this morning to this email notification:

“The Gourmand World  Cookbook Awards are delighted to announce that KITCHEN CREATIVITY is the winner selected to represent the U.S.  in the  Food Writing category.  The awards event will be Saturday, May 26 and May 27, 2018 in Yantai, China. You would be most welcome.  Your book will now compete in its category against other countries for The Best in the World. The results will be announced on May 26, 2018, at the annual Gourmand Awards Ceremony.”

Last year’s winner of Gourmand’s Food Writing award for the USA was “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi for her memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the creation of this book — including everyone at our publisher Little, Brown, especially editor Mike Szczerban, not to mention 100+ of the world’s most creative chefs whose wisdom, inspiration, and ideas are featured in it — and everyone at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for recognizing it.  Thank you all so much!

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. Every year, they honor the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television. Books from 205 countries participate in these prestigious awards, the only international competition for culinary literature. It is free, and open to all languages.  

With the huge network created around the Gourmand Awards, Edouard Cointreau decided to launch the Paris Cookbook Fair in 2010. After three years at Le Centquatre, the fair moved to the Carrousel du Louvre in 2013, and Beijing in 2014. Since then, the World Cookbook Fair takes place at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

To learn more, visit

KITCHEN CREATIVITY Named One of “7 Great Food & Wine Books for Holiday Gifts” by Forbes Columnist Adam Morganstern

“Forget recipes. This whimsical book aims to unleash your kitchen creativity by talking about flavors and their combinations, techniques and ingredients. Learn what inspires top chefs to create their own dishes in interviews with chefs like Dan Barber, Daniel Boulud, Amanda Cohen and Eric Ripert.”
–Adam Morganstern of Forbes, in naming KITCHEN CREATIVITY to his list of “7 Great Food & Wine Books for Holiday Gifts”

If you’re trying to choose from among half a bakers-dozen of great books this holiday season for last-minute gifting, look no further than Forbes columnist Adam Morganstern‘s list of “7 Great Food & Wine Books for Holiday Gifts,” which features our own KITCHEN CREATIVITY.

You can find Morganstern’s entire list, which also includes The Dirty Guide to Wine by Alice Feiring with beloved master sommelier Pascaline Lepeltierhere.

Forbes — long “a leading source for reliable business news and financial information” — is online at

The Washington Post On Our Book KITCHEN CREATIVITY: “One of the Best Cookbooks of 2017”

“Author Karen Page…achieves a substantial feat in condensing what motivates dozens of America’s greatest chefs, including José Andrés, Patrick O’Connell of the Inn at Little Washington and Rasika’s Vikram Sunderam.”
–Bonnie Benwick, The Washington Post, in naming KITCHEN CREATIVITY one of “The Best Cookbooks of 2017”

We’re traveling at the moment, conducting research for and shooting our forthcoming book THE FLAVOR ATLAS (Little, Brown) — but we wouldn’t be surprised if you could hear or sense our delight to discover today that The Washington Post had featured our new book KITCHEN CREATIVITY on its list today of “The Best Cookbooks of 2017.”

Our heartfelt thanks to Washington Post editor Bonnie S. Benwick, who explains that KITCHEN CREATIVITY is a “book about cooking and not quite a cookbook,” making it an outlier on the list to which she names it regardless — no doubt understanding that creativity is the result of “not copying,” and that to spur it make take an unconventional approach.

Congratulations to the other books named to The Washington Post‘s list of “The Best Cookbooks of 2017,” which you can find here.

From KCRW Radio’s “2017’s Best Cookbooks” feature

KITCHEN CREATIVITY has been named to several 2017 holiday gift lists and lists of “The Best Cookbooks of 2017,” which we have apparently had a hard time tracking during our recent travels — but which we will look forward to catching up on fully when we’re back home in New York City (or feel free to let us know what we might have missed)!  They include:

The Washington Post‘s celebrated Food section has been a multiple-time James Beard Award winner for “Best Newspaper Food Section.”