Jeffrey Steingarten of Vogue Magazine - Biography

New York, NY

October 2010

Jeffrey Steingarten is the food critic at Vogue, for which he has won a National Magazine award and a dozen James Beard Awards and nominations. He is also the author of the best-selling The Man Who Ate Everything and the follow-up book It Must’ve Been Something I Ate, both published by Knopf and Vintage. The Man Who Ate Everything was named food book of the year by the British Guild of Food Writers and awarded the 1998 Julia Child Book Award for literary food writing. (It has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, German, Brazilian, British, Korean, and Czech.) Among numerous other accolades, The Observer said of Steingarten’s writing, “Steingarten has created a new genre of writing: the gourmand as investigative gonzo journalist, two parts Escoffier, one part Tom Wolfe.”

Steingarten’s pieces that have probed gastronomic subjects as wide ranging as tuna belly, kaiseki, ketchup, weight loss, wedding cakes, and potato gratin have also appeared in The New York Times, Men’s Vogue, and Slate. He appears regularly on the Food Network as a judge and commentator.

Steingarten trained to be a writer at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, M.I.T., and the Harvard Lampoon. On Bastille Day, 1994, the French Republic made him a Chevalier in the Order of Merit for his writing on French gastronomy. As the man who ate everything, Chevalier Steingarten has no favorite food, scent, or flavor. His favorite eating destinations are Memphis, Paris, Alba, Chengdu, San Sebastián—and his loft in New York City, where he has recently produced more than a firkin of butter.