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Michael Ruhlman

29th annual Key West Literary Seminar

—The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature—

January 6 - 16, 2011

Michael Ruhlman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1963 and graduated from Duke University in 1985. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Making of a ChefRatio, and The Elements of Cooking, as well as four collaborations with French Laundry chef Thomas Keller. Ruhlman is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and regularly appears on television cooking shows including PBS’s “Cooking Under Fire,” “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations,” and as a judge on the “Iron Chef” series.

In addition to his food-related work, Ruhlman is the author of the nonfiction books Wooden Boats: In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American BoatyardBoys Themselves: A Return to Single-Sex Education; and Walk on Water: Inside an Elite Pediatric Surgical Unit.

Ruhlman lives with his wife, the photographer Donna Turner Ruhlman, and their daughter and son in Cleveland.

Online Resources:

Ruhlman’s website & blog
Follow Ruhlman on Twitter
Q & A on Chow.com
John T. Edge’s review of THE REACH OF A CHEF in the NY Times

Selected Bibliography:

Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking (Scribner 2009)

Ad Hoc at Home (with Thomas Keller) (Artisan 2009)

The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef?s Craft For Every Kitchen(Scribner 2007)

The Reach of a Chef: Professional Cooking in the Age of Celebrity (Viking 2006)

House: A Memoir (Penguin 2006)

Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing (W.W. Norton & Company 2005)

Walk on Water: Inside an Elite Pediatric Surgical Unit (Pebguin 2004)

Wooden Boats: In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard(Penguin 2002)

The Soul of a Chef: The Pursuit of Perfection (Penguin 2001)

The French Laundry Cookbook (with Thomas Keller) (Artisan 1999)

The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America(Holt 1998)

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