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KAREN STABINER: Co-author with Chef Michael Romano of Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home. Publication: April 2, 2013 from Houghton Mifflin. Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University graduate school of journalism.

Karen StabinerKaren Stabiner is one of the most respected journalists writing today about food, health, and family issues. Family Table, a two-year collaboration with James Beard award-wiinning Michael Romano, takes the reader backstage at some of New York's most beloved restaurants -- Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Maialino and others, to find out what chefs cook for the staff before they serve their customers. With 150 inspired recipes and 30 stories of life behind the scenes. 

Karen teaches a new class in food journalism, as well as feature writing and reporting, at Columbia's J-school, where she's fed her students an array of family-meal recipes while she worked on the book.

Her previous books include the novel Getting In, a comic look at the college admissions sweepstakes. The Empty Nest anthology was one of three books she has written about the relationship between parents and their adolescent children, following My Girl: Adventures with a Teen in Training [2005], a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters [2002]. Her landmark book about breast cancer, the New York Times Notable Book To Dance With the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer [1997], remains a provocative analysis of the relationship between women, their doctors, the research establishment, and the politicians who dispense research funding.

Karen is the author of four other books: The Valentino Cookbook [2001]; Inventing Desire: Inside Chiat/Day; the Hottest Shop, the Coolest Players, the Big Business of Advertising [1993]; Courting Fame: The Perilous Road to Women’s Tennis Stardom [1986], and the novel, Limited Engagements [1979]. She is a regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times’ Opinion section, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue,  Los Angeles Magazine, and The New Yorker.

Her food writing has appeared in Gourmet, Saveur, and Travel & Leisure, and in the anthologies The Best Food Writing of 2002 and The Best Food Writing of 2005. In 2006 she was a finalist for the James Beard Award in magazine writing.

As a result of her widely-read books and articles, Ms. Stabiner is a sought-after speaker at schools, corporations, and women’s organizations and is a frequent guest on national television and radio.

Karen Stabiner was raised north of Chicago and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. She now lives in New York City, shuttling to Santa Monica, California, whenever possible. She and her husband, Larry Dietz, have a daughter, Sarah.