Top 20 Cookbooks of the Year – TWICE!

I don’t often boast (stop it), but I’m honoured to announce both my cookbooks published in 2020 (Share and Rustica) made it into The Best 20 Cookbooks of the Year from the revered Leite’s Culinaria.

The editors at Leite’s write, “Michaels appears twice on this list for good reason: every single recipe we tried stunned us.”

Praise for SHARE:

“While sharing may be the central concept behind this book, we can promise you won’t want to. Theo A. Michaels, former MasterChef semifinalist, manages to craft one surprising and sensational recipe after another.”

Praise for Rustica:

“What it means to eat like a true resident of the Mediterranean with meals that focus on coaxing the best results out of simple, quality ingredients.”

I’m a clown most of time; but this has really touched me. Anyone creative; chefs; authors; artists; carpenters; etc.; put their heart & soul into their work and then put it out there to be judged – it’s crushing when someone doesn’t like it and utterly euphoric when they do..

Without this sounding like a BAFTA acceptance speech (currently folded in my pocket – you never know 😋) I owe a debt of thanks to a million people, to name a few:  Cindy and Julia Charles at my publishers Ryland Peters & Small, Mowie Kay, Kathy Kordalisk Sonya Nathoo, my wife and kids and so many others.

I write this on 22nd December 2020 and I’m hitting the eggnog hard today to celebrate 🎅😘

Comment from David Leite @davidleite The 20 Cookbooks We Cooked From the Most in 2020: “Our 100+ recipe testers stand behind these amazing books, amazing talent, amazing recipes.  And that’s good enough for me”.

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