Books by Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman has written six books and for The New York Times, Gourmet, Saveur, and Food Arts Magazine.

GROCERY by Michael Ruhlman
Released: May 16, 2017

"An illuminating journey through and behind the grocery store, which, 'perhaps more than any other mechanism of change…has the power to shape how we raise and produce food in America.'"
Cookbook author and food writer Ruhlman (In Short Measures: Three Novellas, 2015, etc.) explores the evolution of the American grocery store and how it has affected what we eat in this country. Read full book review >
IN SHORT MEASURES by Michael Ruhlman
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"The rarely seen but quite enjoyable novella form serves this maiden effort well."
A bestselling food writer tries his hand at fiction. Read full book review >
THE REACH OF A CHEF by Michael Ruhlman
Released: May 18, 2006

"True tales of the kitchen à la Anthony Bourdain: a pleasure for foodies, and an education of the palate and pocketbook."
A Plimptonesque writer finds further adventures, and misadventures, over an open range. Read full book review >
HOUSE by Michael Ruhlman
Released: March 21, 2005

"Squirts a measure of original thinking onto what has become a vast serving of the topic."
The travails and deep, soul-satisfying pleasures of buying a grand fixer-upper in the old neighborhood. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2003

"A window into an unfamiliar world where excellence is difficult to achieve yet absolutely essential."
Close-up and personal view of a surgical team at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 2001

"Approached as a salvage operation, there are numerous worthy features in this book, but there are too many gaps in planking for it to float on its own."
Ruhlman's (The Soul of a Chef, not reviewed) promising story of attending the construction of two sublime wooden boats falls short in so many areas that it feels woefully out of plumb. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"An attractive mise en place, but one that lacks the simple artistry of that long-remembered potato."
A writer enters the Culinary Institute of America, the Ivy League of cooking schools. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Affectionate and well-drawn portrait of a school year at an all-boy prep school. For more than 100 years, University School has educated the sons of Cleveland's elite, providing them with one of the best educations money can buy in America. But with single-sex schools now comprising less than eight percent of all private schools, it is also something of an anachronism. Or is it the wave of the future? Buoyed by a number of recent studies that have ``rediscovered'' the scholastic benefits of single-sex education, University School's remarkable headmaster, Richard Hawley, has emerged as a leading advocate and proselytizer for boys' schools. As he proclaims to the author, ``Gender is a big deal. Gender is deeper than race, it is deeper than culture. Deeper than humanity, all the way down to plant phylum.'' Twelve years after graduating from US, Ruhlman, a freelance writer, returned to his alma mater to study how Hawley's commitment to single-sex education was working in practice. But, perhaps because he was allowed extraordinary access, Ruhlman was soon seriously sidetracked by the minutiae of school life, the small crises and successes, the rich struggle of learning and teaching. Ruhlman's descriptions of the classes he audits are some of the best parts of his book. Despite lousy pay, most of the teachers are fiercely dedicated to providing their bright, eager students with a first-rate education. Ruhlman also lovingly captures the innumerable eccentricities and eccentrics endemic to private schools. However, some of his characterizations, particularly of the boys, seem too unfinished, a collection of quirks and attitudes that never quite coalesce. Many will also be surprised by how little emphasis he places on what, at most prep schools, is an all-consuming process, even the raison d'àtre: college admissions. Still, few works of nonfiction have captured so much of the spirit of the prep school experience. Read full book review >