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Publisher of "Mariani's Virtual Gourmet Newsletter" and award-winning author
John Mariani is an author and journalist of 30 years standing, having begun his writing for New York Magazine in 1973. Since then, he has become known as one of America’s premiere food writers (a three-time nominee for the James Beard Journalism Award) and author of several of the most highly regarded books on food in America today. He has been called by the Philadelphia Inquirer, “the most influential food-wine critic in the popular press.” He is the Publisher of Mariani's Virtual Gourmet Newsletter and award-winning author of How Italian Food Conquered the World.
In 2012 Saveur Magazine won as ASME award for its “Italian-American” issue for which Mariani wrote the lead article. He was host for the TV series “Crazy for Food,” which played on national PBS stations.
His first book, The Dictionary of American Food & Drink (Ticknor & Fields, 1983) was hailed as the "American Larousse Gastronomique" and was chosen "best reference book on food for 1983" by Library Journal. After a decade when the book was declared a "classic" of American food studies, Hearst Books issued a completely revised edition in 1994. In 1999 Lebhar-Friedman published a revised, expanded version entitled The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink, whose fifth edition has just been published by Bloomsbury.
His newest book is a Christmas novella called "The Hound in Heaven," available through amazon.com.