Allen Salkin, an investigative journalist, hosted a video series on AOL's former blog Slashfood spent three years as a staff reporter at The New York Times, and appeared on a reality TV series. His most recent book, "From Scratch: Inside The Food Network", gives a behind-the-scenes look at the history and personalities that have made The Food Network what it is today. He is also the author of the book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (ISBN 0-446-69674-9).
Published on October 1, 2013 by Putnam/Penguin, "From Scratch" is based upon extensive inside access, documents, and interviews with executives, stars, and employees new and old of The Food Network. Salkin interviewed over 200 people who have been involved with the network's history. Salkin also takes an in-depth look at the business side of how early executives managed to create a television network out of an idea that some called "the worst idea ever"."From Scratch" was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2013.
He has written on subjects including Annie Leibovitz's financial troubles, the last true waterbed salesman in the San Francisco Bay Area, the lives of R. and Aline Crumb in France, The Secret, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and the NYU Suicides.
He appeared on the reality TV Show #1 Single. On episode 2 of this show, he is shown meeting Lisa Loeb on an airplane date, and then having a second date where he takes Lisa to the Donut Plant. The relationship ends after a gossip item about the budding romance appears in a newspaper.
- Salkin, Allen (20 September 2009). "Seeing Yourself in Their Light". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Allen Salkin's videos on Slashfood
- Official Website
- Website for "From Scratch: Inside The Food Network"
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