Welcome to MichelineMaynard.com

Hello, and welcome to my webpage. I’m a journalist, broadcaster, author, public speaker, and professor. I divide my time between New Orleans and Ann Arbor, Mich.

Here are some of the topics I’m pursuing these days.

COMMENTARY. I’m a contributing columnist at the Washington Post,  taking part in Post Opinions’ Voices Across America portal. I concentrate on business and culture, publishing twice a month. You can read the announcement here. Most recently, I’ve written about the problems with summer travel, Chicago’s chaotic mayor, national shortages of restaurant staff and the impact of grief on the workplace.

BOOKS: My new book is out now! It’s called SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: How Zingerman’s Built A Corner Deli Into A Global Food Community.

Satisfaction Guaranteed is available in hard cover, for Kindle and other eBook readers, as a CD and as an audio book. (That’s me reading the introduction.)

You can order a copy from my Bookshop.org shop, from Amazon, or your favorite independent book seller. You’ll find it for sale at Zingerman’s Deli, and you can get it through the Zingerman’s Press website.

Signed bookplates are available so you can turn your book into an autographed copy. Send a proof of purchase, a dedication and a return address to me at culinarywoman at gmail dot com.


I’m available for book events, either in person or virtual. Contact me for booking details. I can arrange to have books available for sale.

FOOD WRITING. I’m the editor of the CulinaryWoman Newsletter on Substack, which looks at the fascinating and turbulent food world. We are one of Substack’s Top 100 newsletters on food topics. Our growing audience includes chefs, writers, and people who are interested in everything culinary. You can subscribe to CulinaryWoman here.

  • Free subscribers receive the weekly newsletter on Sunday.
  • Paid subscribers support CulinaryWoman’s journalism and are eligible for a variety of benefits, including my weekly Red Beans and Advice recommendations, giveaways, conversations and a heads up of what’s coming in the next newsletter. Subscriptions start at just $5 a month.
  • If you feel extra generous, become a Founding Member at $250 a year and up. You’ll receive an acknowledgment in the newsletter, as well as my appreciation.

I’m writing about food for The Takeout, aiming for ways to make your culinary life easier. See my Assembling series, which is meant to speed the way to putting together delicious meals.

You also might reading my tips on shopping at gourmet markets, and enjoy my recipes for my dad’s corn pancakes, Betty Ford’s triple chocolate cookies, glazed roast vegetables and more and more.

OTHER BOOKS: Among my previous books, my best known is The End of Detroit, How The Big Three Lost Their Grip On The American Car Market. Find it and all my other books here.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Look for me on Twitter @mickimaynard and my food tweets are found at @culinarywoman. I’m Micheline Maynard on LinkedIn. My New Orleans Instagram is @mickii_in_nola and I’m also @michelinemaynard. I’m @culinarywoman on Tik Tok and there is a CulinaryWoman Facebook page.

REACHING ME: You’re welcome to email me at culinarywoman at gmail dot com. Please be patient for a response.

PRODUCERS: I have access to a landline, Report-IT on my mobile phone, Facetime, Skype, can arrange for an ISDN, and I can arrive at the studio camera ready.

APPEARANCES: I’m available for public speaking engagements, virtually and in person. I can host your event, moderate a panel, and be a keynote speaker, as long as your group abides by COVID protocols. My rates are flexible. Email me with your proposal.

ENDORSEMENTS: My only product endorsement is for Vocalzone, the worst-tasting lozenges you can find. Believe me, they’ll clear up your throat in no time. No money changes hands. Only lozenges.

That’s it for an introduction. If you want all my career details, take a look at My Bio.