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Jeffrey Michael Ruby

Pen Name: Jeff Ruby

Connection to Illinois: Ruby lives in Chicago.

Biography: Jeffrey Michael Ruby is the chief dining critic at Chicago magazine. He has reviewed restaurants and been an editor there since 1997. He spent 11 years as the magazine's humor columnist, and wrote a blog about his wife's various pregnancies. Ruby has also written features on food, sports, travel, and celebrities, and earned nine nominations from the City and Regional Magazine Association for best food/dining criticism and best column. His writing has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Men's Journal, Food Network magazine, and He wrote ''The Official Chicago Bar Guide'' in 2001 and ''Everybody Loves Pizza: The Deep Dish on America’s Favorite Food'' which was featured on The Food Network, History Channel, NPR, CBS, and Oprah. ''Penelope March Is Melting'' is his first novel.

  • Gold Medal, National City and Regional Magazine Association for food/dining criticism, 2003 and 2004
  • "Penelope March is Melting"
  • -- Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children


Selected Titles

Everybody loves pizza :
ISBN: 1578602181 OCLC: 60605252

Emmis Books, Cincinnati, OH : 2005.

Penelope March is melting
ISBN: 9781524718282 OCLC: 967456609

Twelve-year-old bookworm Penelope becomes an unlikely hero when the iceberg she calls home starts to melt, and she must save it from a sinister force.

The official Chicago bar guide :
ISBN: 0963889311 OCLC: 48615443

Buckingham Books, Chicago : ©2001.