KAREN STABINER: Author of GENERATION CHEF: Risking It All for A New American Dream, to be published September 13, 2016 by Avery Books.
Karen Stabiner is the author of GENERATION CHEF, to be published in September 2016, which follows a young chef as he opens his first restaurant, and chronicles the upheaval in that riskiest of businesses. Her ten previous books include To Dance With the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer, a New York Times Notable Book, and her personal favorite, My Girl: Adventures With a Teen in Training. While the dignified label for what she does is narrative non-fiction, or immersion journalism, Karen prefers to think of herself as a fly on the wall.
Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, Gourmet (a James Beard award finalist), Saveur, Vogue and Mother Jones.
She has written two cookbooks; the more recent, Family Table, with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Romano, takes the reader backstage at Danny Meyer's restaurants, to find out what chefs cook for the staff before they serve their customers. Her other books include the novels Getting In and Limited Engagements, a comic look at college admissions and Hollywood, respectively. The Empty Nest anthology was one of three books she has written about the relationship between parents and their adolescent children, following My Girl, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters.
She is also the author of The Valentino Cookbook; Inventing Desire, about advertising, and Courting Fame, about the women's professional tennis circuit.
Karen was a founder of an alternative newspaper in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. At the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she teaches reporting, feature writing and food journalism. She lives in New York City and bakes despite the fact that her oven is the size of a postage stamp.
As a result of her widely-read books and articles, Karen is a sought-after speaker at schools, corporations, and women's organizations, and has appeared on national television and radio.