man Michael Carver BATTERBERRY‏‎, son of William Jennings BATTERBERRY and June F FORESMAN‏.
Born ‎8 Apr 1932 Benton, Longbenton, Norhumberland, England, died ‎2010 New York, New York‎, 77 or 78 years
Michael Batterberry
Age at Death:
Manhattan, USA
Date of Birth:
8 Apr 1932
Birth Place:
Newcastle, USA
Date of Death:
28 Jul 2010
Source Location:
Ariane Ruskin
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Michael Carver Batterberry (April 8, 1932 July 28, 2010) was an Americ an food writer who founded and edited Food & Wine and Food Arts togeth er with his wife. Batterberry was born on April 8, 1932, in Newcastl e upon Tyne, England, his American parents having relocated there whil e his father was working for Procter & Gamble. He relocated to the Uni ted States with his family upon the outbreak of World War II. Batterbe rry attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, but dropped to mov e to Venezuela with his family, where his father was establishing P&G' s presence in Latin America. Batterberry worked as a painter and inter ior designer in Venezuela and Rome.[1]After his return to the U.S. i n the 1950s, Batterberry worked as a freelance food writer. He marrie d writer Ariane Ruskin, and the two of them were arts editors at Harpe r's Bazaar. They co-authored On the Town in New York, From 1776 to th e Present, a historical gastronomic survey that covered the city's foo d history from banquets to Chinese takeout which was described by Th e Washington Post as being "considered the authoritative history of di ning in the country's culinary capital".[2] In November 1998, the publ ishing firm Routledge issued a new edition of the book on its 25th ann iversary.[3]With Robert and Lindy Kenyon covering the business side an d with funding by Hugh Hefner, Batterberry and his wife started publis hing The International Review of Food and Wine in 1978, which had a pr ototype issue published in Playboy.[1][2] Later renamed simply Foo d & Wine, the magazine's mission was to be a more down-to-earth altern ative to Gourmet and its "truffled pomposity", while appealing to bot h women and men as readers, with early issues featuring articles by su ch non-traditional food writers as George Plimpton and Wilfrid Sheed.[ 2] When it was first published, a senior editor of Gourmet magazine sc offed at the new alternative, saying "We don't look at the others as c ompetition. They look at us, try to copy us and fail miserably".[2] B y 1980, when it was sold to American Express, the magazine had circula tion of 250,000 per issue, evenly split by gender, and had sold 900,00 0 copies a month by the time of his death.[1]The couple started Food A rts in 1988, a trade journal aimed at restaurants and hotels, which wa s acquired by M. Shanken Communications the following year. Batterberr y remained as the publication's editor in chief until his death, wit h his wife continuing as the magazine's publisher. He and his wife wer e recognized with the James Beard Foundation Award for lifetime achiev ement in May 2010.[1] The foundation's president Susan Ungaro called t he Batterberrys "legends in the culinary publishing world", having "st arted a hallmark magazine that people still look to today" after thre e decades in print.[2]A resident of Manhattan, he died there at age 7 8 on July 28, 2010, due to complications of cancer. He was survived b y his wife, and as The New York Times noted in his obituary, he was "n ot survived by Gourmet magazine, which ceased publication in November" .[1]

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