About Karen

Karen Stabiner is the author of Generation Chef, out in paperback in October 2017, which follows a young chef as he opens his first restaurant and chronicles the upheaval in that riskiest of businesses. Her ten previous books include To Dance With the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer, a New York Times Notable Book, and her personal favorite, My Girl: Adventures With a Teen in Training. While the dignified label for what she does is narrative non-fiction, or immersion journalism, she prefers to think of herself as a fly on the wall. She has also written two cookbooks and two novels. 

Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Yorker, Gourmet (a James Beard award finalist), Saveur, Vogue and Mother Jones. Karen was a founder of an alternative newspaper in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated from the University of Michigan. 

Karen teaches a food journalism class in the M.S. program at Columbia University Journalism School, as well as classes in reporting and feature writing. 


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