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David Joachim has authored, edited or collaborated on more than 40 cookbooks. He holds a master’s degree in English language and literature from Binghamton University, where he taught writing classes for three years. He is the author of the IACP Award-winning reference books, The Food Substitutions Bible and The Science of Good Food, which also won a World Gourmand Award for Best Food Literature Book, a Cordon d’Or Award for Best Culinary Reference Book, and was a finalist for both a James Beard Award and a World Food Media Award. He wrote A Man, A Can, A Plan, which has more than 500,000 copies in print, and A Man, A Can, A Grill, a New York Times bestseller. Joachim’s “A Man, A Can…” series of books has sold more than 1 million copies. His latest books are Eating Italy, written with James Beard-award winning chef Jeff Michaud; Fire In My Belly, co-authored with Top Chef fan favorite Kevin Gillespie; and Rustic Italian Food, written with James Beard Award winner Marc Vetri. Joachim has collaborated on and co-authored titles such as the New York Times bestseller Mastering the Grill with Andrew Schloss; Lose Weight the Smart Low-Carb Way with Bettina Newman, R.D., which has sold over 250,000 copies; and Eat Up, Slim Down with Jane Kirby, R.D, which has more than 300,000 copies in print. He has developed and tested recipes for corporate clients such as Whole Foods Market, Panera Bread, Walmart, Splenda and Stubb’s, as well as for several books, including Patti Labelle’s Lite Cuisine, a New York Times bestseller; and Fat to Firm at Any Age, which has sold over 675,000 copies. He has edited more than 15 cookbooks, including Steven Raichlen’s Healthy Latin Cooking, which won a James Beard Award and was an IACP Award finalist; and The Healthy Cook, which has sold more than 250,000 copies and was an IACP Award finalist.
Joachim is former food editor of Vegetarian Gourmet magazine, and he currently writes a column for Fine Cooking called “The Science Of…” His writing and tips have appeared in national magazines such as USA Today, Better Homes & Gardens, Cooking Light, Cook’s Illustrated, Cooking Pleasures, Relish, Prevention, Fitness, Self, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Bicycling. As an author and spokesperson, Joachim has made numerous national media appearances on television and radio, including “Unique Eats” on The Cooking Channel, “All You Can Eat” on The History Channel, “Emeril Live!” on The Food Network, “The Early Show” on CBS, “The View” on ABC, “FOX and Friends” on FOX, “Recipe for Health” on the Food Network, “Home Matters” on the Discovery Channel, “Cooking with Bob” on QVC, and “Talk of the Nation” and “A Chef’s Table” on National Public Radio, among others.
Joachim has taught cooking classes and given culinary demonstrations at cooking schools, events, bookstores and kitchen stores such as the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump’s), Drexel University, Viking Cooking School, The Kitchen Shoppe, Central Market, COPIA, Ritz-Carlton, Ontario Science Centre, Miami Book Fair, The Book and the Cook, The Pennsylvania Farm Show, Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, and Barnes & Noble. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Research Chefs Association, the Experimental Cuisine Collective, the Chef’s Collaborative, and the National Writer’s Union.
Joachim is the co-founder of Chef Salt, a line of artisanal seasoning blends featuring unrefined sea salts and volcanic salts hand-harvested from around the globe. Chef Salt is available in gourmet stores around the U.S., in limited markets in Japan, and at chefsalt.com.
Since high school, Joachim has also enjoyed a second life as a drummer in various blues and rock bands in the New York City and Philadelphia areas. He has performed in several New York City clubs such as The Village Gate, The Bitter End, the China Club, Le Bar Bat, and Mercury Lounge, among others. He has shared the stage with stars such as Warren Zevon, Gloria Gaynor, Stephen King, and Dave Barry. He has appeared in three music videos with national exposure on MTV, and his drumming can be heard on 18 original albums and compilations. His current band, Tavern Tan, performs in the New York City and Philadelphia areas and released its third album, A Barrel Full in 2010. They are currently working on their fourth album and their website is http://www.taverntan.com.