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General Information

Name:  Ted Allen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: N/A

Born: May 20, 1965 in Columbus, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

After receiving his MA, Allen moved to Chicago, where he worked as a reporter for Lerner Newspapers. He got his start in restaurant criticism in Chicago as one quarter of a bi-weekly group-review team called "The Famished Four," along with his boyfriend, Barry Rice, then the chain's entertainment editor, who initiated the concept.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ted Allen is an American writer and television personality. Emmy award winner Ted Allen is the host of three shows on Food Network: the long-running hit series “Chopped,” which received two James Beard Awards; the guide to classic foods across America, “Best. Ever.”; and a competition for amateurs, “All-Star Academy,” which debuted in March 2015. His latest cookbook, “In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks,” (Clarkson-Potter), came out in May 2012. Since 1997, he has been a contributing writer for Esquire.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Esquire's Things a Man Should Know About Marriage: A Groom's Guide to the Wedding and Beyond
ISBN: 1573227773

Riverhead Trade. 1999

Presents a survival guide for husbands-to-be, offering practical advice on how to cope with the wedding ceremony, reception, family members, the bachelor party, and the honeymoon.

Esquire's Things a Man Should Know About Style
ISBN: 1573227633

Riverhead Trade. 1999

The most useful advice from Esquire's popular style column is collected here, answering such timeless questions as, "Do women notice shoes?" and "What should you do if someone calls you a dandy?" Original.

Esquire Things a Man Should Know About Handshakes, White Lies and Which Fork Goes Where: Easy Business Etiquette for Complicated Times
ISBN: 1588160688

Hearst. 2001

With wit and wisdom, this to-the-point handbook advises you on such things as what topics to discuss during a plane flight with the boss when you should shake a woman’s hand and why sometimes it’s best to stretch the truth. You’ll put your best face forward in any business situation.

Esquire's Things a Man Should Know About Sex
ISBN: 1588160297

Hearst. 2001

"Like their previous books, this tongue-in-cheek guide to success between the sheets is based on the magazine's popular feature 'Things a Man Should Know.' The sound advice and humor at men's expense may delight women even more than it does men: mnage trois, the authors wisely advise, for example, is French for 'in your dreams.'"--Publishers Weekly. "...a witty and literate book. It's a fast and funny read, full of sly suggestions, innuendo, charming facts and figures, and the kind of advice even a woman could love." "If your man has trouble motivating himself to get off the couch and exercise, he'll be happy to hear this exciting stat...doing the mattress mambo three times a week can burn 7,500 calories a year, the equivalent of running 75 miles."--Cosmopolitan.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy : The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better
ISBN: 140005446X

Clarkson Potter. 2004

Imagine this: Five eminently stylish and hilariously witty gay men -- authoritative experts in food and wine, grooming, decorating, fashion, and culture -- invade your life, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and, in the course of a day, make you better dressed, better groomed, better mannered, and a better cook, living in a better home. All of this is painless (unless you have a really egregious body-hair situation), liberating, and downright fun.

This is what Queer Eye for the Straight Guy does each week on one of the hottest TV shows in memory, as the Fab 5 -- Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez -- turn an everyman frog into an every-girl's-dream prince. And this is what the book offers: the essential "make better" advice from each of the Fab 5. Just like the show, the book focuses on easy but lasting lifestyle transformation -- the tasks, the projects, the modest purchases, and, most important, the new attitudes that immediately make a noticeable difference.

From Kyan's instructions on how often to wash your hair to Carson's explanation of why shirts are the new ties, from Ted's strategies for ordering wine and Thom's suggestions on a better bathroom to Jai's hints on shaking hands, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is filled with clear, direct advice on the issues that confront every man. But Queer Eye doesn't try to make you dress like Carson or dance like Jai it's about teaching you how to refine your own personal style, without throwing away your entire closet and buying a whole new everything. It's about helping you realize the best expression of yourself -- the real you.

Queer Eye introduces men to the rewards that women -- and a lot of gay men -- have long reaped by thinking about the day-to-day details that make them look better, feel better, and get more out of life. Many straight men have long felt that these subjects are not for them. Nothing could be sillier. In this book, the Fab 5 sets them straight (so to speak).

Esquire Things a Man Should Know About Work and Sex (and Some Things in Between)
ISBN: 1588162141

Hearst. 2005

All men need to know the rules that lead to success in every professional and social situation, and no one can explain them with more humor and verve than Esquire's experts: "Queer Eye Guy" Ted Allen and Scott Omelianuk.

With lots of wit and plenty of wisdom, this to-the-point handbook advises men on all aspects of life, from topics to discuss during a plane flight with the boss to surefire signs a woman wants to get you into bed. (There are no surefire signs.) Written by Ted Allen, one of the Fab Five on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Scott Omelianuk, Esquire's former executive editor, it presents the rules of the game that every man who wants to get ahead should follow in these complicated times. Need etiquette guidance on the job? Find out what to wear on an interview, what things never to order at a business dinner, how to fire somebody, how to ask for a raise, and more. Want ideas to heat up the bedroom? Always remember: It's about her. Except when it's about her. Every page offers a delicious new tidbit of enlightening amusement.

Things a Man Should Know:
The thing is, the clothes do make the man.
Use all the mouthwash and breath mints you like.
Sticky notes are not stationery.
Everybody who drinks the office coffee should occasionally make a pot.
On the notion that good girls don't: Yes, they do.
Menage trois: French for "In your dreams."

The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes
ISBN: 1400080908

Clarkson Potter. 2005

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s food-and-wine connoisseur, Ted Allen, presents a quick-reference cookbook—giving you the food you really want to cook and eat, and the know-how to pull it off with ease.

"With most cookbooks, you could plow through 134 pages of complicated hors d’oeuvres, salads, and the author’s philosophical musings about food before you get to the stuff you actually want to eat. Not here. I’m going to save you the trouble and get to the point right up front.” These first sentences of the book sum up what Ted Allen’s The Food You Want to Eat is all about—the tempting, delicious, satisfying fare you really want on your dinner table tonight, without the fuss and the formalities. Chapters include:

•I Know What You Want to Eat: the essentials of steak, chicken both fried and roasted, warm caramel brownie sundaes, and a luscious mac and cheese that will have you thinking outside the box—way outside.

•Happy Hour: for the kind of parties real people actually throw no engraved invitations or seating charts, just easy, delicious recipes like crostini, a simple tuna tartare that kicks, the crowd-pleasing spicy Cajun “pigs” in much nicer “blankets” than you’re used to, four incredible pizzas (one for each season), and of course ten perfect cocktails.

•The Cookout: fulfilling everyone’s desire for great barbecued ribs, plus the more adventurous (but even easier) rosemary grilled leg of lamb, and Ted’s secret to the ultimate hamburger.

•Poultry: whether baked, braised, or sautéed, chicken is often what’s for weeknight dinner, and here’s everything from soy-and-honey-glazed roast chicken to “around the world on a chicken breast” with superb ways to liven up those boneless, skinless, tasteless cutlets. Plus a simple (really!) duck, and a turkey that doesn’t demand the traditional Thanksgiving heroics.

Ted also delves into chapters on an array of fantastic salads that are a far cry from rabbit food pastas featuring Italian classics like a great ziti with sausage and your basic pasta with red sauce, as well as easy Asian adventures such as cold soba noodles with sesame-peanut sauce seafood for everyone who’s afraid to cook fish meats that range from an amazing marinated grilled pork tenderloin and killer chili to a classic pot roast and osso buco vegetable recipes that will make you love broccoli in a whole new way and desserts for after dinner—and breakfasts for after after dinner.

This is the debut cookbook from one of the most engaging, most entertaining people ever to wield a spatula, filled with the incredibly simple, delicious real-life recipes for The Food You Want to Eat. In a word, mmmm.

In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks
ISBN: 0307951863

Clarkson Potter. 2012

A cookbook for people who love to cook

As host of Food Network’s hit show Chopped, Ted Allen presides in pinstripes and sneakers while chefs scramble to cook with mystery ingredients. But at home, Ted is the one chopping the vegetables and working the stove, trying unusual ingredients and new techniques, from roasting earthy sunchokes in a piping-hot oven to develop their sweetness or transforming leftover pinot noir into complexly flavored homemade vinegar. In fact, it’s discoveries like these that propel him into the kitchen nightly—that, of course, and eating the delicious results with friends! Now Ted invites likeminded cooks to roll up their sleeves, crank up the stereo, and join him in the kitchen for some fun.

While there are mountains of cookbooks featuring five-minute, three-ingredient, weeknight recipes for harried households, here is a book for food lovers who want to lose themselves in the delight of perfectly slow-roasting a leg of lamb—Mexican style—or whipping up a showstopping triple-layer cake. Ted is just such a cook and in his latest cookbook he shakes up expectations by topping bruschetta with tomatoes and strawberries turning plums, sugar, and a bay leaf into an irresistible quick jam putting everything you can think of on the grill—from ribs and pork shoulder to chiles and green beans and modernizing the traditional holiday trio of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce with fresh ingredients and a little booze. And where there’s a will to make something from scratch, Ted provides a way, with recipes for homemade pickles, pizza, pasta, pork buns, preserved lemons, breads, quick jam, marshmallows, and more.

With more than 100 amazing recipes and gorgeous color photographs throughout, In My Kitchen is perfect for passionate home cooks looking for inspiring new recipes and techniques to add to their playbooks.



Speaking Engagements

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