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Elana Schulman

Born: in Chicago, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: Schulman was born and raised in Chicago. She still resides there today.

Biography: Elana Schulman graduated from Vassar College with a degree in film. After moving to Brooklyn, she began her career producing video content for Condé Nast and then became a supervising producer at MUNCHIES, VICE Media's food site. During her tenure at VICE, Elana produced food content exclusively and was able to work with some of the best chefs and culinary minds in the world. In 2016, Elana received a James Beard Award for her work on an episode of the MUNCHIES web series The Sushi Chef. In 2019, she joined her parents in working at Eli’s Cheesecake, representing the third generation. She sits on the Associates Board of Green City Market and is also a graduate of Ireland's Ballymaloe Cookery School, where she honed her cooking and baking skills. There, she learned about farm to table cuisine, studied the importance of zero-waste cooking, and ate her weight in butter. She is thrilled to collaborate on this second edition of the cookbook.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook: Remarkable Recipes from a Chicago Legend: Updated 40th Anniversary Edition with New Recipes and Stories
ISBN: 157284308X OCLC:

Agate Surrey 2021

The story of Eli’s Cheesecake began more than forty years ago. It rose to prominence originally as the featured dessert at one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants: Eli’s The Place for Steak, a classic steakhouse, pillar of the city’s culinary community, and noted celebrity watering hole. This book details the storied history of one of the nation’s most famous desserts, all the way from Eli Schulman’s first cheesecake to President Obama’s 50th birthday cake to the creation of four towering, 2,000 lb. cheesecakes served at inaugural festivities in Washington, DC. The second edition of the Eli's Cheesecake Cookbook has been fully expanded and updated in honor of the 40th anniversary of Eli's Cheesecake. In addition to the classics featured in the first edition, the new edition features even more cheesecake recipes, including Basque, Cherry Vanilla, Hawaiian, Carrot Cake Cheesecake, and Holiday Cheesecake Dippers―one of Oprah's Favorite Things. You'll also find many more signature dishes from Eli’s The Place for Steak, including Chicken Vesuvio, Pepper Steak, Corned Beef Hash, Potato Pancakes, and French Onion Soup, and an all-new chapter showcasing Eli's bakers from around the world sharing their favorite family recipes.