Michael Ruhlman

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Location Amphitheater

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

Ruhlman will be interviewed on the morning platform by Ann Patchett.

Author, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America

Michael Ruhlman is the author of more than 20 books — mostly about food and cooking — the most recent of which is Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America. In Grocery, Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming food wisely could be hiding in plain sight — in the aisles of the local supermarket.

For Ruhlman’s second book, The Making of a Chef, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, completing the course, to produce a first-person account — of the techniques, personalities, and mindsets — of culinary education at the prestigious chef's school. The success of this book produced two follow-ups, The Soul of a Chef, and The Reach of a Chef. Ruhlman has also collaborated with chef Thomas Keller to produce the cookbooks The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon; with French chef Eric Ripert and Colombian artist Valentino Cortazar to produce the coffee-table book A Return to Cooking; and with Michigan chef Brian Polcyn to produce Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing.

Among his multiple TV appearances, Ruhlman has acted as a judge on the PBS reality show “Cooking Under Fire” and on “The Next Iron Chef.” He has also made several appearances in shows hosted by Anthony Bourdain, including “A Cook’s Tour,” “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.”

Ruhlman is a graduate of Duke University.

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three books of nonfiction, including Bel Canto and State of Wonder. Her most recent, Commonwealth, is a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Nine. 

Patchett's first published work was in The Paris Review, where she published a story before she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. Patchett’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, ELLE, GQ and Vogue. In 2006, she was the editor of the annual anthology The Best American Short Stories. 

Her work has received numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award for Bel Canto, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.