Journalist and bestselling author
Mark Kurlansky was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He received a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970, and has worked as a playwright, a commercial fisherman, a dock worker, a paralegal, a cook, and a pastry chef.
From 1976 to 1991 he worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The International Herald Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Partisan Review, Harper’s, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Apetit and Parade.
In addition to numerous guest lectures at Columbia University School of Journalism, Yale University, Colby College, Grinnell College, the University of Dayton and various other schools, he has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages and he often illustrates them himself.
He has had 28 books published including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. Cod, Salt, 1968, and Food of a Younger Land were all New York Times Best Sellers and along with The Basque History of the World were international best sellers.