KITCHEN CREATIVITY Named One of “7 Great Food & Wine Books for Holiday Gifts” by Forbes Columnist Adam Morganstern

“Forget recipes. This whimsical book aims to unleash your kitchen creativity by talking about flavors and their combinations, techniques and ingredients. Learn what inspires top chefs to create their own dishes in interviews with chefs like Dan Barber, Daniel Boulud, Amanda Cohen and Eric Ripert.”
–Adam Morganstern of Forbes, in naming KITCHEN CREATIVITY to his list of “7 Great Food & Wine Books for Holiday Gifts”

If you’re trying to choose from among half a bakers-dozen of great books this holiday season for last-minute gifting, look no further than Forbes columnist Adam Morganstern‘s list of “7 Great Food & Wine Books for Holiday Gifts,” which features our own KITCHEN CREATIVITY.

You can find Morganstern’s entire list, which also includes The Dirty Guide to Wine by Alice Feiring with beloved master sommelier Pascaline Lepeltierhere.

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The Washington Post On Our Book KITCHEN CREATIVITY: “One of the Best Cookbooks of 2017”

“Author Karen Page…achieves a substantial feat in condensing what motivates dozens of America’s greatest chefs, including José Andrés, Patrick O’Connell of the Inn at Little Washington and Rasika’s Vikram Sunderam.”
–Bonnie Benwick, The Washington Post, in naming KITCHEN CREATIVITY one of “The Best Cookbooks of 2017”

We’re traveling at the moment, conducting research for and shooting our forthcoming book THE FLAVOR ATLAS (Little, Brown) — but we wouldn’t be surprised if you could hear or sense our delight to discover today that The Washington Post had featured our new book KITCHEN CREATIVITY on its list today of “The Best Cookbooks of 2017.”

Our heartfelt thanks to Washington Post editor Bonnie S. Benwick, who explains that KITCHEN CREATIVITY is a “book about cooking and not quite a cookbook,” making it an outlier on the list to which she names it regardless — no doubt understanding that creativity is the result of “not copying,” and that to spur it make take an unconventional approach.

Congratulations to the other books named to The Washington Post‘s list of “The Best Cookbooks of 2017,” which you can find here.

From KCRW Radio’s “2017’s Best Cookbooks” feature

KITCHEN CREATIVITY has been named to several 2017 holiday gift lists and lists of “The Best Cookbooks of 2017,” which we have apparently had a hard time tracking during our recent travels — but which we will look forward to catching up on fully when we’re back home in New York City (or feel free to let us know what we might have missed)!  They include:

The Washington Post‘s celebrated Food section has been a multiple-time James Beard Award winner for “Best Newspaper Food Section.”

Shelf Awareness Names Its “Favorite Cookbooks of 2017,” Which Include Our Book KITCHEN CREATIVITY

Sara Catterall reviews KITCHEN CREATIVITY for Shelf Awareness’s list of “Favorite Cookbooks of 2017”

“[KITCHEN CREATIVITY] will appeal to cooks at every level, and those interested in creativity, whatever the medium.”
–Sara Catterall, Shelf Awareness

Shelf Awareness has evolved into a daily must-read for those in and around the field of book publishing, by delivering on its motto “Daily Enlightenment for the Book Trade.”  

In naming “Our Favorite Cookbooks of 2017,” their editors muse, “How many chefs does it take to whittle down our favorite cookbooks of 2017 to only 20? Many–and from all culinary corners, including some who couldn’t sauté if their lives depended on it, a few who can and will happily follow complicated recipes with tasty success, and those who just want to eat, already!”

We’re delighted that Shelf Awareness‘s list includes KITCHEN CREATIVITY. About it, reviewer Sara Catterall writes:

“Recipes are a good place for anyone to start cooking, but it can be more rewarding to learn how to cook inventively to please your tastes, with the best ingredients available to you. Food writer Karen Page (THE FLAVOR BIBLE) has written many acclaimed books with photography by her husband, Andrew Dornenburg. In KITCHEN CREATIVITY she compiles the advice of successful chefs, and studies how they manage their creative lives. Sections discuss techniques, how flavors and textures work together, and how to invent new dishes. In sidebars and subsections, Page offers a five-step creative process, historical origins of flavor combinations, sources for the best ingredients, book recommendations and lists of award-winning chefs and restaurants. An encyclopedia-style section is meant to spark ideas with entries such as Altitude, Enneagrams and Summer. This book will appeal to cooks at every level, and those interested in creativity, whatever the medium. Discover: A top food writer presents the creative lives and technical advice of professional chefs in this combination creativity study and cooking manual.

For the entire list, click here.

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Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg Interviewed About KITCHEN CREATIVITY by Scott Giambastiani for “Talks At Google”

Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page with the team at Google headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, on Nov. 7th

“Award-winning authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg share that great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Their new book, KITCHEN CREATIVITY, is a paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes!) that will inspire you to think, improvise and identify ways to bring dishes that have made lasting impressions over your life into your own home.”
Talks at Google

The “Talks at Google” program brings authors, innovators, scientists, actors, actresses, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and speakers of all kinds to Google for talks centering on their work — and we were happy to be invited to speak to a packed room of Googlers in Sunnyvale, California, earlier this month about our new book KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius–with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs:

Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg: “Kitchen Creativity” | Talks at Google

Award-winning authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg share that great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Their new book, Kitchen Creativity, is a paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes!)


A Beautiful Plate Names KITCHEN CREATIVITY to its 2017 Cookbook Gift Guide

KITCHEN CREATIVITY:  Written by the same authors behind my favorite FLAVOR BIBLE and VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE, this latest book is about learning how to become more creative in the kitchen.  It draws on knowledge and ideas from chefs, teaches you how to jump-start the idea process, and shares information about historic dishes from all over the world.”
Laura Davidson,

Laura Davidson of the blog A Beautiful Plate just named our book KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius–with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs to her 2017 Cookbook Gift Guide, a list of her dozen most-loved (and coveted!) books of the past year.

Laura Davidson of A Beautiful Plate

Laura’s complete list of picks includes:

Back Pocket Pasta
Cheers to the Publican 

Cooking for Jeffrey
Dinner:  Changing the Game
Dinner in an Instant

The Food Lab 
Love Real Food
Salt Fat Acid Heat

Tartine Bread

Our heartfelt thanks to Laura for including KITCHEN CREATIVITY as one of her favorites of 2017!

A Beautiful Plate is Chicago-based chef, food photographer, and recipe developer Laura Davidson‘s seasonal food blog dedicated to simplifying the art of cooking. She writes, “Whether it’s through cooking guides and how-to’s, artful plating, or creative recipes, I’m here to spark inspiration and creativity in your kitchen!”  Indeed! 

Citymeals’ 31st Annual Power Lunch Raises $1 Million+ For Homebound Elderly, And Introduces 400 Movers and Shakers to KITCHEN CREATIVITY

Top left: Citymeals’ 31st Annual Power Lunch for Women at The Rainbow Room on Nov. 16th; Top right: Guests received a copy of KITCHEN CREATIVITY in their goodie bags; Bottom left: Karen’s (and the world’s) favorite actress Meryl Streep with her copy of KITCHEN CREATIVITY; Bottom right: Karen Page with Citymeals Co-President Daniel Boulud, “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman, and Citymeals’ Executive Director Beth Shapiro

Yesterday, hundreds of New York City’s most powerful women gathered at The Rainbow Room to raise money to feed the city’s homebound elderly at Citymeals’ 31st Annual Power Lunch for Women.

As a token of appreciation for the generosity of those nearly 400 women (not to mention the men who pay $10,000 for the privilege to dine with them, including Citymeals’ Co-Presidents Chef Daniel Boulud and Bob Grimes), each received a copy of our book KITCHEN CREATIVITY with their gift bag thanks to the generosity of Little, Brown and Company.

The lunch is always one of the highlights of Karen’s year, but seeing her (not to mention the world’s!) all-time favorite actress Meryl Streep holding a copy of KITCHEN CREATIVITY was a highlight of Karen’s life!

Emceed by Rosanna Scotto, this star-studded event indeed drew Meryl Streep as well as Liam Neeson, Christie Brinkley, Kathie Lee Gifford, and a host of other celebrities of film, TV, stage, industry, and the professions (including Madison Park Ventures’ Cathie Black, philanthropist Jill BlackNew York Times bestselling authors Bianca Bosker and Laura Day, Rotisserie Georgette’s Georgette Farkas and Fabrique’s Francine Farkas, Kasirer LLC’s Suri Kasirer, “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman, designer/restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff, restaurateurs Maria Loi and Marisa May, Google’s Allison Stein and Becca Ginsberg, actress Kathleen Turner, and The Strand owner Nancy Wyden) to honor Nick Valenti and the Patina Restaurant Group along with Tren’ness Woods-Black.

Top left: Karen Page with Citymeals’ co-founder (with James Beard) Gael Greene and Co-President Bob Grimes; Top right: Citymeals beloved volunteer shows off KITCHEN CREATIVITY; Bottom left: Gael Greene is introduced by emcee Rosanna Scotto

Last year’s honoree co-founder Gael Greene was on hand for the introduction of a moving video about Citymeals’ outstanding volunteers, who in some cases become surrogate family to meal recipients.

Top left: Karen Page and Rikki Klieman; Top right: Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier’s New York City chapter; Karen Page with Dana Sachs Stoddard; Bottom left: Karen Page and Laura Day; Karen Page with Google’s Becca Ginsberg and Allison Kronick Stein; Bottom right: Karen Page with New York Times bestselling author of CORK DORK Bianca Bosker

Seeing long-time friends and connecting with new ones is always a highlight of the afternoon — as is being reminded that every dollar we donate is going to an exceptionally well-run organization serving an exceptionally deserving cause.

Citymeals-on-Wheels devotes 100 percent of every dollar you donate to the preparation and delivery of delicious, nutritious meals to the city’s homebound elderly.  It only takes two minutes to donate online here.

Or, you’re welcome to mail your check this holiday season to Citymeals-on-Wheels, 355 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017.

Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg’s KITCHEN CREATIVITY Book Tour

KITCHEN CREATIVITY [is] an essential reference for any and every cook….A wonderful resource….Amazing–it will change your life….”
Margaret McSweeney, host, Kitchen Chat

“This book left me flabbergasted….You defy a niche….I love that it encourages people to play….This book is great….A fabulous book.”
Sukey Pett, Sukey’s Diner on Milwaukee’s Riverwest Radio 104.1

“Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are authors of a number of wonderful books….BECOMING A CHEF changed the whole conversation….KITCHEN CREATIVITY:  Love it!”
Clark Wolf, host, At the Table on KSRO Radio

As we get ready to head out on book tour with KITCHEN CREATIVITY: Unlocking Culinary Genius–With Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs (Little, Brown; Oct. 31, 2017), we wanted to share in one convenient location where you can find us when in the days and weeks ahead.

So check back, as there are cities and venues yet to be confirmed, and hopefully we’ll be making it to your part of the country before too long:


Nov. 3rd, noon:  “The Leonard Lopate Show” on WNYC Radio:  “Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg On How Chefs Come Up with New Dishes

Nov. 4th, noon:  Rotisserie Georgette in New York City:
Karen Page (KITCHEN CREATIVITY, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT) in conversation with Bianca Bosker (CORK DORK)

Nov. 5th, 3 pm:  Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, California

Nov. 6th, 6:30 pm:  Omnivore Books in San Francisco

Nov. 7th, 11:30 am:  Google – Corporate Event

Nov. 7th, 7 pm:  Book Shop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA

Nov. 8th, 1:15 pm:  Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA

Nov. 8th, 6 pm:  Book Passage in Sausalito, CA

Nov. 9th, 6 pm:  The Spice House in Chicago

Nov. 10th, 11:45 am:  Les Dames d’Escoffier hosts a lunch prepared by Chef Carrie Nahabedian of Naha and Brindille, Chicago

November 10th, 6 pm and 8:30 pm:  Amalinda in Milwaukee:
Five Tastes Dinner (two seatings: 6 pm and 8:30 pm)

November 11th, noon:   The Spice House in Milwaukee
Book signing from noon – 1:30 pm

November 13th, 6 pm:  Rizzoli in New York City:
Karen Page moderates panel discussion with Chefs Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Damon Baehrel of Damon Baehrel, and Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy

November 15th, 6 pm:  The New School in New York City:
Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg speak to Rozanne Gold about KITCHEN CREATIVITY and the “Language of Food”

November 20th:  “On the Menu” with Ann & Peter Haigh

January 7th:  “Small Bites” with Derek Timm