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Michael Carver Batterberry (April 8, 1932 – July 28, 2010) was an American food writer who founded and edited Food & Wine and Food Arts together with his wife.

Batterberry was born on April 8, 1932, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, his American parents having relocated there while his father was working for Procter & Gamble. He relocated to the United States with his family upon the outbreak of World War II. Batterberry attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, but dropped to move to Venezuela with his family, where his father was establishing P&G's presence in Latin America. Batterberry worked as a painter and interior designer in Venezuela and Rome.

After his return to the U.S. in the 1950s, Batterberry worked as a freelance food writer. He married writer Ariane Ruskin, and the two of them were arts editors at Harper's Bazaar. They co-authored On the Town in New York, From 1776 to the Present, a historical gastronomic survey that covered the city's food history from banquets to Chinese takeout which was described by The Washington Post as being "considered the authoritative history of dining in the country's culinary capital". In November 1998, the publishing firm Routledge issued a new edition of the book on its 25th anniversary.

With Robert and Lindy Kenyon covering the business side and with funding by Hugh Hefner, Batterberry and his wife started publishing The International Review of Food and Wine in 1978, which had a prototype issue published in Playboy. Later renamed simply Food & Wine, the magazine's mission was to be a more down-to-earth alternative to Gourmet and its "truffled pomposity", while appealing to both women and men as readers, with early issues featuring articles by such non-traditional food writers as George Plimpton and Wilfrid Sheed. When it was first published, a senior editor of Gourmet magazine scoffed at the new alternative, saying "We don't look at the others as competition. They look at us, try to copy us and fail miserably". By 1980, when it was sold to American Express, the magazine had circulation of 250,000 per issue, evenly split by gender, and had sold 900,000 copies a month by the time of his death.

The couple started Food Arts in 1988, a trade journal aimed at restaurants and hotels, which was acquired by M. Shanken Communications the following year. Batterberry remained as the publication's editor in chief until his death, with his wife continuing as the magazine's publisher. He and his wife were recognized with the James Beard Foundation Award for lifetime achievement in May 2010. The foundation's president Susan Ungaro called the Batterberrys "legends in the culinary publishing world", having "started a hallmark magazine that people still look to today" after three decades in print.

A resident of Manhattan, he died there at age 78 on July 28, 2010, due to complications of cancer. He was survived by his wife, and as The New York Times noted in his obituary, he was "not survived by Gourmet magazine, which ceased publication in November".
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Total Books: 13
On the Town in New York The Landmark History of Eating Drinking and Entertainments from the American Revolution to the Food Revolution
Fashion  The Mirror of History
1987 - Fashion the Mirror of History (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780517388815
ISBN-10: 0517388812
Genre: Arts & Photography

Mirror Mirror A Social History of Fashion
1979 - Mirror Mirror a Social History of Fashion (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780030210167
ISBN-10: 003021016X
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Bloomingdale's Book of Entertaining
1976 - The Bloomingdale's Book of Entertaining (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780394400822
ISBN-10: 0394400828
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home

Twentieth Century Art
1973 - Twentieth Century Art [Discovering Art] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780070040793
ISBN-10: 0070040796

On the town in New York from 1776 to the present
1973 - On the Town in New York From 1776 to the Present (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780684133751
ISBN-10: 068413375X

Art of the Middle Ages
1972 - Art of the Middle Ages (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780070040823
ISBN-10: 0070040826
Genre: Children's Books

Art of the Early Renaissance
1970 - Art of the Early Renaissance (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780070040816
ISBN-10: 0070040818
Genre: Children's Books

Primitive art
Primitive Art [Discovering art series] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780070040731
ISBN-10: 0070040737
Genre: Arts & Photography

Chinese and Oriental Art
Chinese and Oriental Art (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780070040786
ISBN-10: 0070040788

Twentieth Century Art
Twentieth Century Art (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780070040809
ISBN-10: 007004080X