Ruth Reichl is the best-selling author of seven books. She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009. Before that she was the restaurant critic of both The New York Times (1993-1999) and the Los Angeles Times (1984-1993), where she was also named food editor. As co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant from 1974 to 1977, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, California. In the years that followed, she served as restaurant critic for New West and California magazines. She has been honored with six James Beard Awards, was named Adweek's Editor of the Year, and was the recipient of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service and the Matrix Award for Magazines. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan and lives in upstate New York with her husband, Michael Singer, a television news producer.
"Reichl amasses one of the most comprehensive cooking resources available... Comprehensive, appetizing and thoroughly tested, this mammoth collection is the book no kitchen should be without." --Publishers Weekly (starred) "Boldly confronts the new face of a changing food landscape...[a] smart companion for the contemporary kitchen." --Houston Chronicle "When your neighborhood supermarket routinely stocks grass-fed beef, celeriac, and quinoa, chances are you need a book to tell you how to use them and Gourmet Today is just that book. It's a comprehensive reference for the educated cook and eater, a book that will teach you about ingredients and inspire wonderfully satisfying meals... It's a book for modern palates and modern cooks. And if you have recently sent your college-aged child to strike out on their own, I would strongly recommend sending them a copy of Gourmet Today." --Serious Eats