Allen Salkin

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Allen Salkin is an American freelance journalist,[1][2] and author.[3][4] His most recent book, "From Scratch: Inside The Food Network",[5] gives a behind-the-scenes look at the history and personalities that have made The Food Network what it is today.[6] He is also the author of the book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us (ISBN 0-446-69674-9) about Festivus.[7] Salkin also hosted a video series on AOL's former blog Slashfood,[8] spent three years as a staff reporter at The New York Times,[9] and appeared on a reality TV series.

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.[10] Salkin interviewed over 200 people[11] 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".[12]"From Scratch" was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2013.[13]

He has written on subjects including Annie Leibovitz's financial troubles,[14] the last true waterbed salesman in the San Francisco Bay Area,[15] the lives of R. and Aline Crumb in France,[16] The Secret,[17] Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,[18] and the NYU Suicides.[19]

He appeared on the reality TV Show #1 Single.[20] 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.


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  3. ^ Rosenstrach, Jenny (13 December 2013). "'Biting Through the Skin,' by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, and More". The New York Times. 
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  14. ^ Salkin, Allen (23 February 2009). "That Old Master? It's at the Pawnshop". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Salkin, Allen (14 August 2003). "For Water Bed Holdout, California Dreaming". The New York Times. 
  16. ^ Salkin, Allen (21 January 2007). "Mr. and Mrs. Natural". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ Salkin, Allen (20 September 2009). "Seeing Yourself in Their Light". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
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