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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Jeff Ruby

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction



Illinois Connection

Ruby lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jeffrey Michael Ruby is the chief dining critic at Chicago magazine. He has reviewed restaurants and been an editor there since 1997. He spent 11 years as the magazine's humor columnist, and wrote a blog about his wife's various pregnancies. Ruby has also written features on food, sports, travel, and celebrities, and earned nine nominations from the City and Regional Magazine Association for best food/dining criticism and best column. His writing has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Men's Journal, Food Network magazine, and He wrote ''The Official Chicago Bar Guide'' in 2001 and ''Everybody Loves Pizza: The Deep Dish on America’s Favorite Food'' which was featured on The Food Network, History Channel, NPR, CBS, and Oprah. ''Penelope March Is Melting'' is his first novel.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- Gold Medal, National City and Regional Magazine Association for food/dining criticism, 2003 and 2004


-- "Penelope March is Melting"

-- *Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2018