Barbara Kafka


Barbara Kafka is the author of the upcoming book The Intolerant Gourmet: Glorious Food Without Gluten & Lactose. Her previous 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 book, Soup A Way Of Life was on the Los Angeles Times best seller 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.

Other books include The New York Times best seller, Microwave Gourmet and 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).

Ms. Kafka has written on a regular basis for  The New York Times. She has also written a monthly column, The Opinionated Palate" for Gourmet and others for Family Circle and Vogue. In television, she has made appearances on Today, Good Morning America, Rachel Ray and Martha Stewart, and the Food Channel on which she had a regular stint.

In the past, Ms. Kafka was active as a consultant to restaurants, 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 many awards, including the James Beard Foundation lifetime achievement award, Ms. Kafka has served on the boards of culinary organizations and educational boards. Current projects including writing and developing recipes for several magazines and websites, including,, and