As I sometimes review restaurants incognito, I'll offer this picture of me taken by my violin teacher's husband when I was about nine years old.
|Tom Steele wrote Burgers with Rebecca Bent (Clarkson Potter, 2004), a collection of gourmet burger recipes, including a dozen provided by such celebrity chefs as Bobby Flay, Bill Telepan, and David Waltuck. He collaborated with chef Patricia Yeo to write Everyday Asian (St. Martins Press, 2005), and with chef Jonathan Waxman to create A Great American Cook (Houghton Mifflin, Fall 2007).
On his own, he was asked to write Your Kitchen's Magic Wand: Getting the Most Out of Your Handheld Immersion Blender for St. Martins (September 2006). He is at work on second cookbooks with all of the above chefs, including an Italian cookbook with Chef Waxman and the Waxman memoir, and he is working on a Fairway Market cookbook with Steven Jenkins, who wrote the huge-selling Cheese Primer, and caterer Mitchel London.
He is also writing another cookbook of his own, with the self-explanatory title Live a Little! Everyday Dishes With One Luxury Ingredient. He has ghost-written and collaborated on dozens of books, including nonfiction volumes for Charles Osgood and Larry King. He has covered the New York arts, entertainment, and especially the restaurant scenes for Fodors travel publications for the last nine years, and has written copiously for Out magazine, Our Town, and West Side Spirit, as well as for fodors.com and out.com. He has written dining features for Time Out/NY. He has also developed well over 3,000 recipes, many of which have been published thither and yon.
For 18 years, he was the associate publisher and founding editor of the concurrent weeklies TheaterWeek and New York Native and the monthlies Christopher Street and Opera Monthly. He wrote countless features, interviews, and reviews for those publications. He lives, cooks, and eats in Manhattan.