michael ruhlman

November 15th, 2007 · 12 Comments


so at about 4 am one day last week i get up from bed to get a glass of water and decide to check my email.  i see the name ‘michael ruhlman‘ in my inbox and just assume it’s an automated message from some foodie type list i’ve managed to get myself on.  but when i open it, i see it’s from michael.  and he’s coming to town in the wake of his new book.  and i gently nudge my boyfriend and say, “baby, i just got an email from michael ruhlman” and in the sweetest way, the way that makes me just love this man, he semi-consciously pretended to care while pretending to know who he was and went right back to sleep.  and i just sat there for a moment and smiled.  because i like michael ruhlman.

i like michael ruhlman for a lot of reasons.  he’s a wonderful writer and a true renaissance man.  and he has a great passion for both food and cooking with a very unpretentious style.  but i really like him because he is just what he appears to be.  a good guy.  and even more than that he’s a fine man who so obviously lives according to his ethics.  someone who will honestly tell you what he thinks with a well laid out thought process to back it up.  as someone recently said to me, he’s the one when you were growing up and your brother had a best friend… that’s michael.  but even better looking.


michael ruhlman has a new book, ‘the elements of cooking‘.  it’s been written up pretty consistently this past week.  here are some links:

the amateur gourmet
101 cookbooks
obsession with food
simply recipes

if you cook, and if you’re here you probably do, buy it.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rob Cox // Nov 16, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Thanks again for the photo. Great night, super guy. Could talk to him about food for quite a while.

  • 2 annie // Nov 16, 2007 at 11:23 am

    You KNOW Michael Ruhlman?! Did you feed him? Did you dare? Did you serve him confit?

    I am positively green with envy. Green, I tell you.

  • 3 claudia // Nov 16, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    he is a TOTAL doll baby – so lovely
    I guess I know him now – a little…
    he contacted me because of his appearance at the Viking store
    he called me and we emailed a bit
    then I went to his demo/lecture/book thing
    total prince of a man

  • 4 FrenchLaundryatHome // Nov 16, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    So glad you got to meet him. Elements is a great book, and I’m looking forward to his books on ratios and sous vide next.

  • 5 Lucy.R.E. // Nov 17, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    I put Michael’s book on my Christmas List (I LOVE that I still get to have one of those–Mom asks for it every year). It makes me so so happy to know that he’s a good guy; makes reading his work that much better.

  • 6 claudia // Nov 17, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    FLatH – ratios is a brilliant idea for a book! i love the concept and it’ll be really helpful.

    Lucy – i haven’t cracked my copy yet. but very soon… please report back and tell me what you thought. from all accounts it’s an important book to own

  • 7 Lux // Nov 18, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    He is indeed a fantastic guy. We had the privilege of meeting him in San Francisco, but that was just a signing. I’d love to cook with him (if I had the nerve, which I don’t!).

  • 8 FireDog // Nov 18, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    That’s REALLY a great story of how you got to be friends or newly acqainted. The books looks terrific.

    (Cary didn’t poison him did he?)

  • 9 The Professor // Nov 18, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you for the piece on Ruhlman, he is tops in my book. By doing this I have found your blog,I am a fellow Nashville resident. I have been posting Ruhlman’s blog for a long,long time. I look forward to reading your also.Again…thanks.

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  • 11 Dana // Nov 19, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Omg, that’s awesome!! Love Ruhlman, so jealous :).

  • 12 The Other Claudia (NYC) // Nov 21, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Ruhlman is a total class act – softspoken, good-natured, temperate – just a nice, gracious and warm guy. When I met him last year, he was sitting next to the irrepressible Bourdain, which made the contrast even funnier – preppy and courteous Ruhlman, Bourdain – with the raffish charm of a well-bred pirate – and the gentle (dare I say sweet?) Ripert. Man, did I love having my favorite foodinistas all in a row!

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