07/30/2010 09:03 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Batterberry Dies At 78: Founded 'Food & Wine,' 'Food Arts' Magazines

Michael Batterberry, a food writer and historian who with his wife founded two enduring, influential magazines, Food & Wine and Food Arts, died on Wednesday in Manhattan.

Mr. Batterberry, who in recent years had genteelly declined to disclose his age to the news media -- "Age entries should be reserved for wine lists," he once told The New York Times -- was 78.

A resident of Manhattan, he died from complications of cancer, his wife, Ariane Batterberry, said.

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