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As a bestselling author, editor, collaborator, and recipe developer, my travels have taken me into the worlds of book publishing, television production, and online content design and creation--from New York to Texas, Tennessee to California. My first books, the Arthur Avenue Cookbook and Chinatown New York, brought together my love for food, culture, everyday people's stories, and the exploration of constantly evolving New York City neighborhoods. In addition to positions at the Food Network and AOL, and clients such as, I've enjoyed highly successful collaborations with chefs, helping them find their voice on the page, sharing countless adventures and great dishes along the way.


I'm also a longtime member of the Explorers Club, a Founder of TerraAxis, and am Managing Partner|CCO for Terra Group Holdings, which provides sustainable solutions globally, with a mission to support Terra Conservation Initiatives.

With degrees in anthropology, art history, and the culinary arts, I keep exploring near and far, and still find it amazing that every obscure experience or piece of knowledge we collect has a way of becoming useful down the road in ways we could never have imagined at the time.

Ann Volkwein grilling steak vegetables

Press Notes

New York Post on Chinatown New York

“A beautifully crafted, visually stunning coffee-table endlessly useful guide.”

Gael Greene on Chinatown New York

“Captures in riotous color the essence of a Chinatown that is so quickly changing.”

Library Journal Best Books 2010 on Mixt Salads (with Andrew Swallow)

"If you only envision lettuce and carrots when you think of salad, this cookbook will widen your horizons."

Publishers Weekly on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (with Guy Fieri)

“Rounded out with plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and local color, this tour of off-the-beaten-path establishments has enough regional entries to keep culinary road-trippers busy (and full) for many, many miles.”

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