Michael Ruhlman (ruhlman.com) is a freelance journalist and writer, the author of nine non-fiction books and co-author of seven cookbooks, with two more scheduled for fall 2011. His most recent book is Ratio: The Secret Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking. He is the author of The Making of a Chef, the The Soul of a Chef , and The Reach of a Chef, co-author of The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon with Thomas Keller and Susie Heller, A Return to Cooking, with Eric Ripert, and Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing with Brian Polcyn. His other non-fiction books include Boys Themselves, about an all-boys school, Wooden Boats, about life at a New England boatyard, Walk On Water about a surgical team specializing in the repair of neonatal and infant hearts, and House: A Memoir, a story about the importance of house and home. He has been a freelance journalist and writer for more than fifteen years, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Gourmet, Saveur, and Food Arts, and has received IACP awards and a James Beard Award. He lives in Cleveland Heights, OH, with his wife and two children.