Raymond Sokolov was born in Detroit in 1941. He graduated from Harvard, then attended Wadham College, Oxford, as a Fulbright Scholar before returning to Harvard for graduate study. He has worked as a foreign correspondent and book critic for Newsweek and as the Food Editor for The New York Times. Mr. Sokolov wrote a monthly feature for Natural History magazine for twenty years. And for the past fourteen years he has been the Leisure & Arts Editor for The Wall Street Journal. He lives with his wife in New York City.
"In our age, which probably will be tagged by future historians as the age of oversimplification, [this] book on sauces will stand as an important statement against the trend of no craftsmanship. At the same time, it is great reading -- a book which I will enjoy for many years to come." -- George Lang, author of The Cuisine of Hungary "[Raymond Sokolov] has found a way to systematize the different families of sauces -- something no one before has done -- and I found the whole concept very exciting. This would be a useful book even in France." -- Simone Beck, author of Simca's Cuisine