Allen Salkin is an American journalist, author, and critic. His most recent book, "From Scratch: The Uncensored History of The Food Network", gives a behind-the-scenes look at the history and personalities that have made 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) about Festivus. Salkin spent three years as a staff reporter at The New York Times, hosted a video series on AOL's former blog Slashfood, and appeared on a reality TV series.
Published in hardcover on October 1, 2013 by Putnam/Penguin and in paperback on October 7, 2014 by Berkley Books with a new afterword and subtitle, "From Scratch" is based upon extensive inside access, documents, and interviews with executives, stars, and employees new and old of Food Network. Salkin interviewed over 200 people who have been involved with the network's history. Salkin 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 for various publications 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. He appeared on two episodes of E! True Hollywood Story, one on Chris Farley and one on Paula Deen, made an appearance as an expert on the trendiness of monocles for Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and has done numerous media interviews as an expert on celebrity chefs and food media for NPR's Weekend Edition, Morning Joe, Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, ABC News Nightline,and dozens of other outlets.
In the documentary City of Gold, Salkin compares the restaurant critic Jonathan Gold to Raymond Chandler. Salkin also appeared in the documentary series Eat: The Story of Food  and, uncredited, in the documentary Bill Cunningham New York.
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