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Index of restaurants mentioned on our Blog:

Adour (1/24/08)
Al Di La (5/21/05)
Alain Ducasse (6/2/06)
Ali Baba (11/28/06)
Alinea (10/21/05)
Alto (1/26/06)
Amma (4/30/06)
An American Place (9/05)
Annisa (12/19/06)
Appellation (5/31/06)
Aquavit (1/23/06)
Aroma (8/23/05)
Artisanal (7/3/05)
Asiate (2/2/06)
Auberge St-Antoine (4/09)
August/N.O. (7/22/06)
August/NYC (7/10/06)
A Voce (4/19/06)
Awash (3/23/08)
Babbo (6/18/06)
Bamn! (9/10/06)
Bar Americain (8/6/05)
Bar Carrera (7/31/06)
Bar Milano (5/2/08)
Barbara-Jo's (11/06)
Bar-bo-ne (10/22/06)
Barbounia (5/3/06)
Barca 18 (10/29/06)
Bayona (7/19/06)
Beckta Dining (6/10/05)
Bennison Bakery (4/07)
Benoit (4/22/08)
Beppe (11/17/05)
Bernard Magrez (6/2/06)
Bette (5/31/06)
Big Apple BBQ (6/07)
Big Nick's (10/12/08)
Bloodroot (6/24/06)
Blue Hill (8/20/05)
Blue Smoke (6/26/05)
Bob Lobster (8/9/06)
Bodegas Farina (11/16/04)
Bond 45 (9/28/05)
Bracco Wines (8/22/06)
Brown's (8/9/06)
Burger Joint (1/27/05)
Cafe Adelaide (11/4/06)
Cafe des Artistes (4/05)
Cafe Frida (9/23/07)
Cafe Gray (5/8/05)
Caracas Arepa (9/10/06)
Casaville (11/07)
Celeste (5/29/06)
Chanterelle (8/26/07)
Chefs&Champagne (7/08)
Chez Le Chef (10/2/05)
Chez Panisse (11/06)
Chick-fil-A (2/10/07)
Chikalicious (4/7/06)
Chinatown Brasserie (6/5)
Compass (12/17/06)
Cookbook Stall (12/6/06)
Cookshop (10/25/05)
Cru/Vancouver (11/06)
Cucharamama (1/08)
Cuvee (7/19/06, 11/06)
Dahlia Lounge (11/06)
Daisy May's BBQ (12/07)
Darna (7/3/06)
Dave's Italian (10/21/05)
DB Bistro (1/26/06; et al)
Dell'Anima (4/08) (1/08)
Devi (11/07)
Diva at the Met (11/06)
Dona (4/17/06)
Dottie's (12/3/06)
Double Crown (3/10)
Dressing Room (8/07)
El Cholo (10/07)
Eleven Madison (7/12/06)
El Parador (8/21/05)
The Emerson (3/7/06)
En Plo (3/16/06)
Evergreen Shanghai (9/06)
Fatty Crab - UWS (3/09)
Fig + Olive (4/26/05)
Flatiron Lounge (5/8/06)
Forge (7/29/08)
Four Seasons (6/24/05)
Frere Jacques (8/12/05)
Frontera Grill (4/8/05)
Galatoire's (11/06)
Garrett Popcorn (12/07)
Gilt (10/7/07) (2/14/06)
Good Burger (10/3/05)
Gramercy Tavern (12/06)
Grom (5/07)
Hearth (8/13/05)
Heidelberg (3/16/06)
Hundred Acres (7/19/08)
In-N-Out Burger (11/06)
Indochine (7/31/06)
Inn at Little Wash'tn (3/05)
'ino (6/21/05)
'inoteca (3/09)
Inside (10/26/05)
Inside Park (9/08)
In Tent (8/4/06)
Jack's Luxury (6/27/06)
Jean Georges (5/13/06)
Jerry's (6/13/06)
Jimmy's (11/3/05)
Jimmy's No. 43 (3/07)
Jovia (10/23/05)
Kai (7/7/05)
Katsuhama (10/22/06)
Katz's Deli (8/1/05)
La Cote Brasserie (7/06)
Lady M (5/30/06)
Lai Wah Heen (7/14/05)
Lasagna (3/20/07)
Le Bernardin (3/16/06)
L'Ecole (8/10/06)
Lobster Inn (8/07)
Locanda Verde (5/25/09)
Lola (11/06)
L'Orange Bleue (4/26/05)
Mama's (12/3/06)
Maremma (4/22/06)
Matsuri (5/2/08)
Maxie (4/17/06)
Menchenko-Tei (8/14/05)
Mercadito (10/17/05)
Mermaid Inn (8/22/05)
Meskel (3/23/08)
Metro Marche (1/22/07)
Mie Jakarta (7/15/06)
The Modern (4/1/06)
Momofuku (6/10/05)
Monday Room (4/07)
Morrison-Clark (11/07)
Mother's/N.O. (7/22/06)
Moto (4/8/05)
Musso & Frank (10/07)
Naha (4/07)
Nectar (4/30/06)
Nice Matin (1/22/07)
Nobu 57 (4/5/06)
NoHo Star (3/28/06)
NoMI (9/08)
Nougatine (5/13/06)
Odeon (2/10/06)
oms/b (8/8/06)
Osteria Del Stato (4/8/05)
Osteria Mozza (10/07)
Panache in Q.C. (4/12/09)
Park Ave. Autumn (11/07)
Park Ave. Summer (7/07)
Park Hyatt DC (11/07)
Patroon (7/18/08)
Pearl Oyster Bar (5/28/06) Penelope (10/16/05)
Perry Street (9/20/05)
Per Se (4/5/06)
Pera Brasserie (11/16/06)
Peter Luger (3/22/06)
Petite Abeille (9/4/05)
Petrossian (12/22/06)
Philippe's (10/07)
Phoenix Garden (9/16/05)
Piano Due (3/23/06)
Picholine (10/1/07)
Pizza Napoletana (3/3/05)
Pizzeria Mozza (10/07)
Porter House NY (8/07)
Prune (6/13/06)
Public (8/5/05)
Quince (4/07)
Rai Rai Ken (9/10/06)
Rancho La Puerta (12/05)
Rangoli (11/06)
Rao's (10/6/06)
Rat's (4/22/06)
Ray's Ice Cream (1/07)
Rice (8/25/06)
Riingo (2/18/05)
Roberto Passon (12/05)
Rosendale Cement (9/05)
Rugby Grille (1/30/07)
Ryland Inn (7/28/05)
Sahara's (4/20/06)
Saito's/Seattle (11/06)
Sakagura (7/21/05)
Salt Cellar (10/08)
Salumi (11/06)
San Domenico (2/1/06)
Sanford (4/8/05)
Saravanaas (7/31/06)
Second Ave. Deli (1/08)
Shake Shack (3/31/06)
Shangri-La (1/30/07)
Sheridan Square (7/12/08)
Shun Lee Palace (12/05) Sip Sak (8/13/06)
SmorgasChef (11/10/05)
Solera (2/10/06)
Sophie's Cuban (8/15/05)
South Gate (5/2/08)
Southern Hospitality (8/07)
Spigolo (1/31/07)
Sushi Samba (11/4/06)
Sushi Zen (4/3/09)
Tasting Room (10/16/05)
The Monday Room (4/5/07)
Thomas Henkelmann (6/24/06)
Tia Pol (5/31/06)
Tibetan Kitchen (8/8/06)
Tiffin Wallah (8/07)
Top Pot Donuts (11/06)
Tout Va Bien (2/2/07)
Trio (11/6/05)
Tru (4/8/05)
Uglesich's (2/28/05)
Upstairs (9/4/05)
Vij's (11/06)
Vintage (7/28/05)
Walter's (6/24/06)
West Bank Cafe (8/18/06)
West End Bistro (11/07)
Wild Edibles (3/17/07)
Wild Salmon (6/07)
Woodman's (8/9/06)
Zafra (6/07)
Zarela (7/10/05)
Zaytinya (11/07)
Zen Burger (1/08)
Zip Burger (7/3/06)
Zola (5/2/08)

A rotating list-in-formation of some of the (mostly) food- and drink-related sites we've enjoyed:

101 Cookbooks
Accidental Hedonist
A Cooking Life
Add An Egg
A Hamburger Today
a la carte
Alfonso Cevola
Alice Feiring
All Business - Restaurants
Almost Turkish
Amateur Gourmet
Amuse Bouche
An Edge in the Kitchen
An Obsession with Food
Andrea Strong
Anthony Bourdain
Ayun Halliday

Basic Juice
Beer Blog
BlogCritics Magazine
Butter on the Endive
Chef Talk

Chez Pim
Chocolate and Zucchini
Clive's Wines
Cocktail Chronicles
Cook the Wolf
Cooking for Engineers
Cooking with Amy
Cork and Knife
Daily Munch
Daily Olive
David Lebovitz
Delicious Days
DeLong Wine Moment
DM WineLine
Dorie Greenspan
Drink Boy
Drink Boy - Blog
Dr. Vino
Eat Drink One Woman
Ed Levine Eats
El Bulli
Enoch Choi, MD
Fabulous Foods
Food in the Library
Food Reference
Fork and Bottle
Frantic Foodie
FriedChickenCheesesteak Gastronomic Guesswork
Gina DePalma
Girl Who Ate Everything
Global Chefs
Gluten-Free Girl
Good Food
Grub Street
Harold McGee
Hiroko's Kitchen
Ideas in Food
It Is Just Grape Juice
Jaden's Steamy Kitchen
Japanese Food Report
Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Jenny McCoy
Johnny Iuzzini
Jonathan Gold
Joe Bastianich
Lenn Devours
Life of Reiley
Local Wine Events
Mama Cooks
Manhattan User's Guide
Mario Batali
Mexican Food
Michael Laiskonis
Nat Decants
Off the Broiler
Plate Lunch
Professor Bainbridge
Rambling Spoon
Roots and Grubs
Rose Levy Beranbaum
Ruth Reichl
Sally's Place
Salt and Pepper
Savory New York
Savory Sojourns
Seattle Tall Poppy
Serious Eats
Slow Food
Smitten Kitchen
Stained Teeth
Steamy Kitchen
Tasting Menu
The Ethicurean
The Food Section
The Kitchn
The Passionate Cook
The Pour
The Sake Diaries
The Spice Must Flow
The Spirit World
Traveler's Lunchbox
Urban Feed
Vino Cibo
Water Into Wino
Wednesday Chef
Wilf's Wine Press
Wine Anorak
Wine Century Club
Wine Lovers Page
Wine News Review
Wine Terroirs
Wine Travel Guides
Wines and Vines
Writing with my Mouth Full

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The Flavor Bible
What to Drink with What You Eat
Becoming a Chef
The New American Chef
Chef's Night Out
Dining Out
Culinary Artistry

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April 2010

Named one of's "Top 10 Food Blogs"

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Named to MUG 400 for "distinctive contribution to life in New York"

"Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page monitor the pulse of the food world like nobody's business. There's a fantastic database of restaurant reviews, too."
Babbo pastry chef Gina DePalma

"Page and Dornenburg also write one of the most informative and engaging food/wine blogs on the planet. Check it out."
Bestselling author Michael Gelb

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I will tell you: I came to live out loud."

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Saturday, April 10, 2010 On our way to Orlando, to kick off the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off festivities with a keynote on culinary creativity. Loving all the recent Tweets from people saying they're looking forward to meeting us as we definitely feel likewise! We'll be Tweeting more at

Nonya Nights

Reviewing the 10-course Nonya menu at Double Crown

Coconut Laska with crab, rice noodles, and bean sprouts

Salt & Pepper Squid with green chili dipping sauce

Sweetbread Satay with pickled cucumber and peanut brittle

Oatmeal Crusted Shrimp with fried garlic and lemon

Sweet & Sour Eggplant with tofu and pickled beet sprouts

Grilled Strip Steak w/black bean dressing & Chinese broccoli,
served with Crispy Brussels Sprouts with chili caramel

Coconut Chiffon Cake with Thai basil, mango jelly and
coconut sherbet plus Toasted Marshmallow with soy ice cream
and milk chocolate crunch

A warm hello from nattily-dressed Leslie Affre,
who is married to chef Christopher Rendell

"Nonya Nights: Inspired by family-style banquet dining of Singapore and Malaysia, Double Crown's chefs have found some of the most delicious examples of cuisine born out of a mingling of Chinese and South East Asian communities that dates back to the 16th Century."
—Double Crown's Nonya Nights $35 menu

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Unless anyone can persuade us of a worthy challenger to this title, we hereby declare the Sunday night 10-course tasting menu at Double Crown (on Bowery at Bleecker) to be The Single Best Dining Deal in New York City.

While we're by no means new fans of Double Crown chef Brad Farmerie, whom we've previously described as having the lowest fame-to-talent ratio in all of NYC (and while he's since been cast on national TV, we think there's still a long ways to go until that ratio equalizes), we were awestruck by the dinner we enjoyed priced at a mere $35 on Sunday night.

We can't recommend this experience more highly: to jaded New York foodies who've already "been there, done that" for a taste of a new way of eating, and to up-and-coming chefs who want to be inspired to create the future of food. Everyone should run, not walk, to their phone right this minute to book their reservation for another Sunday night soon.

Double Crown is at 316 Bowery (at Bleecker) in Manhattan. Phone: (212) 254-0350. Web: (And whether or not you need to, the truly gorgeous bathrooms downstairs are also worth a visit.)

Monday, March 29, 2010 By the way, even if you missed Saturday's wine book signing, that's no reason to miss out on the great books that were featured there! We strongly encourage you to pick up copies of Michael Gelb's new book Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking and Gary Vaynerchuk's New York Times bestseller Crush It! (We trust that you've already got copies of our own What to Drink with What You Eat and The Flavor Bible, but here are links if not!)

What They're Saying About Michael Gelb's book Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking:

Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking is one of the most practical and useful books about a consumer’s experience in dealing with the subject of wine that I have ever read. There is an enormous amount of terrific, and more importantly, reliable and useful information in this book by Michael Gelb. Highly recommended.”
Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

"There are more books on wine available now than ever before, but this one is special. In Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking, Michael Gelb has taken a totally different approach to understanding and having fun with wine by combining poetry, philosophy, art, music, and science…Gelb inspires us to enjoy a more creative approach to the art of living and drinking."
Kevin Zraly, Author of The Complete Windows on the World Wine Course

Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking is an essential addition to your wine library. Michael Gelb's unique "right brain" approach makes wine appreciation easy and fun. This book offers exceptional insights into the creative process and a truly delightful way to bring people together. It will bring thunder to your world!”
Gary Vaynerchuk, Host of Wine Library TV ( and author of 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World

"Few things in life are as invigorating as great wine and bold ideas. And only Michael Gelb could combine the two into a single masterful book. Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking is an engaging and inspiring guide for everyone who wants to drink well and think big."
Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind

“You want a world expert in creativity to be highly creative too and Michael Gelb is both. After revealing the creative processes of Da Vinci and Edison in earlier books, he now uncorks some of his own creative secrets in this masterful and captivating exploration of the connections between wine and insight, the mind and the senses, pleasure and wisdom. He also tells you lot about wine. Here's the full proof that in vino there really can be veritas.”
Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

What They're Saying About Gary Vaynerchuk's book Crush It!:

“Anyone looking to supercharge their career should beg, borrow, and steal to learn Gary Vee’s techniques. He reinvented the rules to build a $60-million business from scratch — on his own terms.”
Tim Ferriss, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek

“Gary Vaynerchuk has become a walking, talking (and oh, such talking!), webbing and Tweeting example of how believing in what you do and keeping it fun can step up your life in all ways. There is nobody I would rather talk sports with — or wine or life.”
Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR

“Gary Vaynerchuk is one of those entrepreneurs who has discovered the secret to combining passion with business. He is always an inspiration and always entertaining. You owe it to yourself to read this book!”
Tony Hsieh, CEO of

“Gary is a force of nature. His authentic, raw passion and caring touches everyone. His insights into social media & his message of opportunity could not be more timely.”

Tony Robbins

“Gary was the first person to push me on the importance of personalbrand and transparency – this was months before anyone was talkingabout it, he’s always two steps ahead of anyone else.”
Kevin Rose, Founder of

"The Power of Positive Drinking":

Big Wine Book Signing on March 27, 2010

Michael Gelb with his new book Wine Drinking for Inspired
Karen with Gary's book Crush It!, Gary Vaynerchuk
with copies of our books, and Andrew at The Wine Library

Northwestern alum Jack Holm with Karen

Andrew with New Jersey chef Rusty Obra, who it turns out
had gone to school with Michael's wife Deborah Domanski!

New York magazine "Psychic Superstar" Fahrusha (who was
featured in our first eNewsletter) with Karen

Tasting the Vermont cheese made by the von Trapp family
(yes, that family!) at The Wine Library in Springfield, NJ

Sunday, March 28, 2010 We loved seeing everyone who stopped by yesterday's event at The Wine Library in Springfield, New Jersey, which was definitely "The World's Funnest Wine Book Signing"! Where else could you hang out with bestselling authors like Gary Vaynerchuk and Michael Gelb (plus yours truly), taste wonderful wines (including the new Vayniac Cabernet Sauvignon!), sample gourmet items throughout the store (including exquisite cheeses from Laura Chenel and the von Trapp family), and enjoy a spontaneous juggling demonstration by Michael Gelb and two guests (the multitalented psychic Fahrusha plus professional juggler Will Shaw whom David Letterman once gushed would be "bigger than Regis!") all for free? We enjoyed browsing The Wine Library's impressive gourmet food section (which boasts 450 different cheeses), and took home some award-winning goat milk butter (we owe thanks for the tip to attendee Liz "FizzyLizzy" Morrill!) that we enjoyed on our toast for breakfast this morning!

"The Power of Positive Drinking":

Big Wine Book Signing on
March 27, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010 We hope to see you today between 1-4 pm at The Wine Library in Springfield, New Jersey, where we'll be hanging out with fellow authors Gary Vaynerchuk (Crush It, 101 Wines) and Michael Gelb (Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking) signing books and tasting wines. It's all free (unless you'd like to buy a book, of course), and there's no need to RSVP just come on by!

Monday, March 22, 2010 Congratulations to all of this year's nominees for 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards:

Outstanding Chef Award: José Andrés, Tom Colicchio, Gary Danko, Suzanne Goin, Charles Phan

Outstanding Restaurant Award: Babbo, Boulevard, Daniel, Highlands Bar & Grill, Spiaggia

Outstanding Restaurateur Award: Tom Douglas, Pat Kuleto, Keith McNally, Richard Melman, Stephen Starr

Outstanding Service Award: Alinea, Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, La Grenouille, Michael Mina, Vetri

Best New Restaurant: Bibou, Flour + Water, Frances, Locanda Verde, Marea, RN74

Outstanding Pastry Chef Award: Amanda Cook, Michelle Gayer, Kamel Guechida, Nicole Plue, Mindy Segal

Rising Star Chef of the Year Award: Timothy Hollingsworth, Johnny Monis, Grégory Pugin, Gabriel Rucker, Sue Zemanick

Chef: Great Lakes: Michael Carlson, Koren Grieveson, Arun Sampanthavivat, Bruce Sherman, Alex Young

Best Chef: Midwest: Isaac Becker, Gerard Craft, Colby Garrelts, Alexander Roberts, Lenny Russo

Best Chef: Northeast: Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, Peter X. Kelly, Michael Leviton, Tony Maws, Marc Orfaly

Best Chef: New York City: Michael Anthony, Wylie Dufresne, Gabrielle Hamilton, Daniel Humm, Michael White

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Cathal Armstrong, Jeff Michaud, Peter Pastan, Michael Solomonov, Bryan Voltaggio

Best Chef: Southeast: Hugh Acheson, Sean Brock, Linton Hopkins, Andrea Reusing, Bill Smith

Best Chef: South: Zach Bell, Scott Boswell, John Harris, Christopher Hastings, Michael Schwartz

Best Chef: Southwest: Bryan Caswell, Saipin Chutima, Ryan Hardy, Claude Le Tohic, Rick Moonen

Best Chef: Pacific: Michael Cimarusti, Jeremy Fox, David Kinch, Matt Molina, Michael Tusk

Best Chef: Northwest: Naomi Pomeroy, Andy Ricker, Ethan Stowell, Cathy Whims, Jason Wilson

Photography: Eat Ate, New American Table, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way

Writing and Literature: Save the Deli, The Seasons on Henry’s Farm, Waste

Single Subject: Pasta Sfoglia, Weber’s Way to Grill, Well-Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods

Reference and Scholarship: Chop Suey, Encyclopedia of Pasta, Larousse Gastronomique (Revised and Updated)

International: Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking, The Country Cooking of Ireland

Healthy Focus: EatingWell Comfort Foods Made Healthy, Golden Door Cooks at Home, Love Soup

General Cooking: Ad Hoc at Home, Salt to Taste: The Keys to Confident, Delicious Cooking, The Pleasures of Cooking for One

Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Araxi, Momofuku, The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts

Beverage: Been Doon So Long, The King of Vodka, World Whisky

Baking and Dessert: Baking, DamGoodSweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style, Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day

American Cooking: My New Orleans, Real Cajun, The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ariane and Michael Batterberry, Founders, Food & Wine and Food Arts

Humanitarian of the Year: Wayne Kostroski, Founder, Taste of the NFL

America’s Classics Awards: Al’s French Frys, The Bright Star, Calumet Fisheries , Gustavus Inn, Mary & Tito’s Cafe

Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America: Leah Chase, Jessica B. Harris, Paul C. P. McIlhenny, David Rockwell, L. Timothy Ryan, Susan Spicer

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Merry Edwards, Paul Grieco, Garrett Oliver, John Shafer and Doug Shafer, Julian P. Van Winkle, III

Outstanding Wine Service Award: A16, Blackberry Farm, Frasca Food and Wine, Jean Georges, Restaurant Gary Danko

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: Korn Design for Mercat a la Planxa, Pandiscio Co. for The Standard Grill, Steven Solomon for Terroir

Outstanding Restaurant Design: Evan Douglis Studio for Choice Market, Project M for PieLab, Andre Kikoski Architect for The Wright

Video Webcast: Always Hungry Video(, Food.Curated.(, The Greenmarket: One Farmer’s Story(

Audio Webcast or Radio Show: Eight Forty-Eight, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, The Splendid Table

TV Food Personality: Andrew Zimmern, Alton Brown, Rick Bayless

TV Show, On Location: The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Chefs A’ Field: King of Alaska, Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth: The Bertinet Kitchen, Bath

Television Show, In Studio or Fixed Location: Barefoot Contessa, French Food at Home with Laura Calder, Iron Chef America

TV Special: A Moveable Feast with America’s Favorite Chefs, Emeril Green: Emeril’s Culinary Adventure: Napa, Food Trip with Todd English

Television Segment: ABC News Nightline, Chronicle, ABC 7 News Friday Night Special: Hungry Hound

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award: John T. Edge (The Oxford American), Alan Richman (GQ), Francine Prose (Saveur)

Food Blog: Grub Street New York, Serious Eats, and Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Multimedia Food Feature:,,

Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurants, or Nutrition:,,

Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl (Minnesota Monthly), Jonathan Gold (LA Weekly), Lettie Teague (Food & Wine)

Food-Related Columns: Colman Andrews (Gourmet), Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl (Minnesota Monthly), Rachel Wharton (Edible Brooklyn)

Reporting on Health, Environment, or Nutrition: Monica Eng (Chicago Tribune), Daniel Engber (Slate), Rowan Jacobsen (EatingWell)

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Reviews: Jonathan Gold (LA Weekly), Patric Kuh (Los Angeles), and Jason Sheehan (Westword)

Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes: Alan Richman (GQ), Barry Estabrook (Gourmet), Raffi Khatchadourian (The New Yorker)

Magazine Feature Writing w/ Recipes: Dana Bowen (Saveur), Francine Maroukian, Jon Reiner (Esquire), Matt Goulding (Men’s Health)

Magazine Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs: Alan Richman (GQ), Anya von Bremzen (Saveur), Francis Lam (Gourmet)

Newspaper Food Section: The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post

Newspaper Feature Writing: Sarah DiGregorio (The Village Voice), Cliff Doerksen (Chicago Reader), Mike Sula (Chicago Reader)

Newspaper Feature Writing Abt. Rest/Chefs: Tim Carman (Washington City Paper), Jared Jacang Maher (Westword), Kevin Pang (Chicago Tribune)

The 2010 James Beard Awards will be announced in New York City the first weekend in May.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 We're excited to be on our way to pay our first-ever visit to Charlottesville, Virginia, where we're being featured at the Virginia Festival of the Book. We'll be appearing at The Happy Cook tomorrow night at 6 pm to discuss and sign THE FLAVOR BIBLE and again on Thursday at noon to discuss and sign WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Our thanks to Kathy Casey (whom we had the pleasure of interviewing for our book WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT) for sharing word of our March 27th wine book signing with Gary Vaynerchuk and Michael Gelb on her blog "Dishing with Kathy Casey"!

We're practicing "dipping, swirling and twirling" for today's TV shoot at an undisclosed location. We're not sure what you were picturing, but we're talking about fondue.

Monday, March 1, 2010 We're getting ready for today's interview on Martha Stewart, and looking forward to sharing word of our March 27th wine book signing with Gary Vaynerchuk and Michael Gelb at the Wine Library in Springfield, New Jersey. Hope you're planning to join us there for what promises to be a fun and inspiring event!

Andrew with Marketa Irglova and Karen in NYC last month
(Photo credit: Jana Irglova)

Sunday, February 28, 2010 In honor of our friend Marketa Irglova's birthday today, we're posting a photo that her mother Jana took of the three of us in New York City last month (the week of The Swell Season's sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall).


"The Power of Positive Drinking":

Big Wine Book Signing on March 27, 2010

"Wine is the lifeblood of civilization, the symbol of spiritual blessing,
and the elixir of genius.
Michael J. Gelb, in Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking

Saturday, February 27, 2010 Join us one month from today to meet some of the world's bestselling wine authors and leading-edge innovators at "The World's Largest (and Smartest!) Wine Book Signing" at The Wine Library in Springfield, New Jersey, on Saturday, March 27th, from 1 to 4 pm.

Come and taste wine, meet the authors, and discover how wine appreciation can make you smarter, more creative, and more successful (no kidding!).

Celebrating the launch of the new book Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices (Running Press; March 2010) that comes "Highly Recommended" on its cover by wine writer Robert M. Parker, Jr. will be:

New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk, host of Wine Library TV (aka "The Thunder Show") and named in January 2010 as Wine Enthusiast magazine's "Innovator of the Year," who will sign copies of his books Crush It: Why NOW Is the Time To Cash In On Your Passion and Gary Vaynerchuk's 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World;

Former Washington Post wine columnists Karen Page (Harvard MBA) and Andrew Dornenburg, who will sign copies of their Georges Duboeuf "Wine Book of the Year" and IACP "Cookbook of the Year" What to Drink with What You Eat (coming soon as an iPhone app, as reported in BusinessWeek) and their 2009 James Beard Award winner The Flavor Bible; and

Creativity and innovation expert Michael J. Gelb, author of the New York Times bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci (translated into 25 languages), and Innovate Like Edison: 5 Steps to Breakthrough Business Success will sign copies of his new book Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices.

Gelb attests, "Gary, Karen and Andrew are geniuses in the world of wine, and innovators in the realms of business. This is more than just a wine tasting or book signing it's an opportunity to get inspired!"

Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting, chat with the authors, and learn how they've parlayed their love of wine into their respective "empires." The Wine Library is at 586 Morris Avenue in Springfield, New Jersey. No pre-registration is necessary.


Saturday, February 13, 2010 Congratulations and thanks to chef-owner Terrance Brennan and his team at Picholine for creating and serving such an extraordinary dinner to us (and our friends Rikki and Bill) last night. We've loved Picholine over the past 15 years, but are excited to see it hitting a new high in terms of cuisine, service and ambiance. As they say across the street at Lincoln Center, "Bravo!"

Picholine is at 35 W. 64th Street (bet. Central Park West and Broadway) in Manhattan. (212) 724-8585. Web:

Friday, February 12, 2010 We've not yet finished our second cups of tea, yet our day has already been made: THE FLAVOR BIBLE has inspired its first poem! Our thanks to award-winning writer Cristina Trapani-Scott, who has taken on the challenge of writing a poem a day for a year, and devotes today's effort to a poem entitled "The Flavor Bible":

The Flavor Bible

My husband reads
The Flavor Bible, reclined
in his chair. The dog is sprawled
with half her body lying
on the shed snow gear, dry by now
but left as if the children have
just come in, stomped their feet,

shaking the bits of snow and ice
from their clothing so it clicks
on the bare floor beneath them.
But, it’s well past the day of snow-
fall, where it’s new and sparkling
and the kids run eager to tumble
in drifts, build forts that will
disappear soon.

We encourage you to read more of Cristina's lovely writing on her Web site "When One Line Drops from The Sky...." here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Good news: Our Web site is back up, and has restored our "lost" files. Whew! We're gingerly working on updates and in the nick of time, as we have more good news to share soon. Thanks for your patience!

Saturday, January 30, 2010 Dear Readers: Our Web site host aplusnet has been down for 10 days. Now that it is back up as of today, our Web site has inexplicably regressed to its April 2008 self. We've informed aplusnet of the problem, and are waiting to see how long it will take for them to restore 21 months of files that we've uploaded since. Of course we'll keep you posted....

Al Dente

"Books of the Decade: 2000-2009: When compiling these lists, I came back to the books I cook from the most in addition to a few that I simply enjoy reading, cover to cover, like a novel, for their narrative approach, to a couple that I'm too intimidated, still, to even think about cooking from, but remain a resource of inspired ideas....THE FLAVOR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg."
Brad Thomas Parsons, Cookbook Editor of, on Al Dente (January 15, 2010)

Sunday, January 17, 2010 Brad Thomas Parsons of compiled a list of the best Cookbooks of the Decade: 2000-2009 and we were delighted to find THE FLAVOR BIBLE on it. Here's Brad's entire list, which includes many of our favorites, too:


Food Literature:

To read the rest of Brad's article on Al Dente, click here.

Friday, January 15, 2010 Congratulations to Yishane Lee and the editors of Runner's World on the beautiful new The Athlete's Palate Cookbook. Yours truly are featured in the book thusly: "Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page have run six marathons and 11 half-marathons between them. 'For our honeyooon in 1990, we ate our way through Quebec City and Montreal, and ran the Montreal International Marathon on our last day in Canada,' says Dornenburg, who set a PR of 3:23:13 in Chicago in 2002. Having written seven books about food and chefs, the authors say they run to eat, and have even lost weight while on deadline. ' A few years ago, we each lost 10-plus pounds while researching and writing WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT,' Page says, 'which proves that peak flavor combinations are so satisfying that quality outstrips any need for quantity."

If you, like us, are looking for some delicious ideas for eating healthier in 2010, you'll find The Athlete's Palate Cookbook chock-full of inspiration from many of the culinary experts you've read about in our books, including Dan Barber, Joe Bastianich, Bobby Flay, Daniel Humm, Hubert Keller, Vitaly Paley, Alex Raij, Jacques Torres, Charlie Trotter, and more!

Friday, January 1, 2010 Happy New Year! While we're sorry to be kicking off 2010 by fighting rather unpleasant colds, we'll hope that we're getting them out of the way this slow holiday week so that we can enjoy good health during the rest of the month!

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culinary artistry, dining out, chef's night out, becoming a chef

In just over a week, the foodie world will descend on Portland for the International Association of Culinary Professionals' annual carnival. EaterPDX checked in with Portland conference co-chairs Mike Thelin and Ken Rubin to get the latest and greatest....Which celebrities are coming to Portland? Thelin: On top of all the talent we have here, more than 1,000 are coming from more than 40 countries. From Julia Child’s editor Judith Jones to the always delightful Madhur Jaffrey, to New York Times writer Kim Severson and renowned authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, whose FLAVOR BIBLE is one of the greatest books on food ever."
Mike Thelin,
as told to
Audrey Van Buskirk,

(April 12, 2010)

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