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Michael Ruhlman Speaking at Hathaway Brown as Part of 'Learning for Life' Series

The writer and culinary expert will present "The Cooking Animal" Dec. 6.

Cleveland native, journalist, author and food blogger Michael Ruhlman will speak Dec. 6 at Hathaway Brown on two interests and passions he's weaved together over the years — writing and cooking.

Ruhlman, who now lives in Cleveland Heights, will speak at the Shaker Heights school as part of its "Learning for Life" series. His presentation, "The Cooking Animal," will cover his areas of expertise. The event is free and open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Ruhlman's affinity for creating dishes began in childhood, he writes in his online bio. But for his first book about cooking, The Making of a Chef (1997), he had the opportunity to spend time in the Culinary Institute of America's kitchens.

That experience propelled him into a career devoted to exploring the craft of cooking and writing about food.

"I became so fascinated by the work of the professional cook and the culture of the restaurant kitchen that I continued to pursue the work and wrote a book about chefs and cooking, The Soul of a Chef (2000)," Ruhlman wrote. "I co-wrote The French Laundry Cookbook (1999) with Thomas Keller at the same time, and he and I subsequently wrote a food column for the Los Angeles Times for two years."

Since he's written about a dozen books on the subject for experts and amateurs alike. Ruhlman has also been a judge on The Food Network's Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, and a featured guest on the Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

For more information about his presentation, background and to register, visit Hathaway Brown's website.

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