Kimball at a bookstore in 2010
June 5, 1951 |
Rye, New York 
|Education||Columbia University (1973) |
Christopher Kimball (born June 5, 1951) is an American chef, editor, publisher, and radio/TV personality.
Education and career
Kimball was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and then Columbia University (1973) with a degree in Primitive Art. After graduating from Columbia, he went to work with his stepbrother in a publishing company. Soon after, he worked for The Center for Direct Marketing in Westport, Connecticut and also started taking cooking courses. After securing $100,000 in angel investments from friends and family, he started Cook’s Magazine from a tiny office in Weston, Connecticut in 1980 when he was 29 years old. He sold the magazine to the Bonnier Group in 1989 and moved on to other publishing ventures. In 1993, he launched Cook's Illustrated magazine.
Kimball is the founder, editor, and publisher of Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines, and former publisher of the now-defunct Cook's Magazine. He is the author of The Cook's Bible, The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook, Dear Charlie, The Dessert Bible and Fannie's Last Supper, and is a columnist for the New York Daily News and the Boston-based Tab Communications.
Kimball also hosts the syndicated PBS cooking shows America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen. Other television appearances include This Old House and the morning shows Weekend Today and The Early Show.
He is a regular contributor on National Public Radio.
On January 8, 2011, Kimball began hosting WGBH-FM's America's Test Kitchen Radio in Boston.
On November 16, 2015, a news release from Boston Commons Press, parent company of Cooks Country/Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen, announced the departure of Christopher Kimball over a contract dispute. The 2016 TV programs had already been filmed and Kimball will appear as host, but his direct participation in the company was ending immediately. He remains a minority stockholder in the closely-held company. There had been signs of a dispute between the corporate leadership and Kimball ever since September 2015 when David Nussbaum was appointed from outside the company as CEO, above Kimball.
He lived in the South End neighborhood of Boston and in southwestern Vermont. Christopher Kimball's marriage to his wife, Adrienne, ended in divorce in 2012. Kimball has been divorced twice. In June 2013, he married Melissa Lee Baldino.
- Metcalf, Stephen (October 13, 2003). "Sexy Food Nerds: Cooking geeks get hot on America's Test Kitchen". Slate. (Article about Kimball.)
- "In the Test Kitchen With Christopher Kimball". Powell's Books. (Online interview with Kimball.)
- "Tour the Test Kitchen: Cast Biographies". America's Test Kitchen. americastestkitchen.com.
- Frieswick, Kris, "Perfection, Inc.", The Boston Globe, August 2, 2009. (PDF version)
- Lui, Claire, "Cooking 101: Chris Kimball ’73 brings recipes that work from America’s Test Kitchen to your kitchen", Columbia College Today, July/August 2010
- Kimball to Leave America’s Test Kitchen
- Laskey, Margaux, "Melissa Baldino, Christopher Kimball: All the Ingredients Were There", The New York Times, June 30, 2013
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- Cook's Illustrated Magazine
- America's Test Kitchen
- Toasting Fannie Farmer With An Epic Victorian Feast
- "The secret to Christopher Kimball's success", by Alex Halberstadt, The New York Times Magazine (October 2012).