Mark Scarbrough

BRUCE WEINSTEIN and MARK SCARBROUGH are the authors of nineteen books about food, including Real Food Has Curves; the bestselling, multi-volume Ultimate Cook Book series; Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter; Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese; and Cooking Know-How, winner of a 2009 Gourmand World Award. They are online columnists for Weight Watchers ("A Cut Above"), have been spokespeople for the U. S. Potato Board and the California Milk Advisory Board, and regularly contribute to Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Relish, and The Washington Post. They live in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Books by this Author

Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them
Real Food Has Curves


Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never cook naked.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Can't. Food writer, after all. If I had to eat only one thing, there would be no "rest of your days."

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Writing--which means I'm happy a lot. Perfect? I don't know. But happy as in contented? You bet. I don't understand the Hollywood myth about the tortured writer. When I get a cup of tea and sit down at my desk, looking out at the New England woods beyond but also facing that blank screen on my computer, I'm as happy as I ever am. It also doesn't hurt to have a collie sleeping nearby. Or the person you love making lunch in the kitchen.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My birth mother. She saw that she couldn't provide for me and gave me up for adoption. I can't imagine making that choice.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I went to college at 16 and graduated three years later. I don't know that that's an achievement. Mostly, it left me dazed and lost.

Author Voices

November 28, 2011

Bruce and I have had so much fun giving interviews and talking to people about our book busting 101 cooking myths: LOBSTERS SCREAM WHEN YOU BOIL THEM. We've even hosted a few culinary trivia challenge games at bookstores across the country. What a blast!

One question comes up all the time: how'd you make the book so funny?

The secret? There are two of us. You know the hardest thing? Being funny alone. Sure, you can crack yourself up once in a while. But most of the time, you're just amusing yourself. Other people won't think it's very funny. It's too insidery, too personal.

But comedy usually gets written in teams. Because you... see more