Barbara Kafka

Barbara Kafka is the author of several award-winning cookbooks, including the New York Times bestseller Microwave Gourmet. She was recently honored with the James Beard Foundation lifetime achievement award. More

Barbara Kafka's most recent book, Vegetable Love, with 750 imaginative yet easy vegetable dishes, was honored as a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and the 2006 IACP award for Best Single Subject Cookbook. Her previous book, Soup: A Way of Life, was on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. Her Roasting: A Simple Art, won the Julia Child Cookbook Award and was a Book-of-the-Month-Club main selection, as was her preceding book, Party Food.

Her other books include the New York Times bestseller Microwave Gourmet and the Microwave Gourmet Healthstyle Cookbook. Both were Book-of-the-Month-Club main selections and sold out in mass paperback in America and England. Both were also winners of The Tastemaker Award (IACP).

In the past, Ms. Kafka was active as a consultant to restaurants and industry, and as a product designer. For many years she taught with James Beard as well as around the country on her own. The winner of the James Beard Foundation lifetime achievement award, Ms. Kafka has served on the boards of culinary and educational organizations. Current projects including writing and developing recipes for several magazines and websites, including Sololady.com, Cookthink.com, and Videojug.com.

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

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