Thirty-three Years of Collaboration, Creativity and Cohabitation for Best-selling Authors
Nikki and David Goldbeck, whose best-selling The Supermarket Handbook helped revolutionize America’s diet and made “The Goldbecks” a household word in the ’70s, are still stirring up the pot thirty-five years later. Recent and forthcoming publications include The ABC’s of Fruits & Vegetables and Beyond (Ceres Press, 2007),[with Steve Charney], the reissue of American Wholefoods Cuisine (Ceres Press, 2006) and the Second Edition of Healthy Highways (Ceres Press, 2009).
The Goldbeck’s, who today have more than one and a half million books in print, were catapulted to fame in 1973 with the publication of The Supermarket Handbook. The book garnered unprecedented reviews in The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal, as well as an editorial by Howard K. Smith on the ABC Evening News and four hour-long appearances on Donahue.
The Wall Street Journal hailed The Supermarket Handbook as a “manifesto” of a food revolution “that may be in the wind.” Publishers Weekly declared it a “seminal” work. The Journal’s evaluation has proved accurate, as a number of the premises in the book have gained popular acceptance including a broader acceptance of healthful foods and better food labeling. Moreover the book, which sold 850,000 copies, anticipated the present environmental concerns in the chapter “Ecology at Home.”
They have also co-authored: The Healthiest Diet in the World (Penguin/Plume), Eat Well The YoChee Way (Ceres Press), The Dieters Companion (McGraw Hill), The Good Breakfast Book (Ceres Press, Rev.Ed 1993) Choose to Reuse (Ceres Press) and The Goldbeck’s Guide to Good Food (Penguin). Their books have been published in the U.S., Great Britain and Japan.
The Goldbecks are particularly proud of their cookbook American Wholefoods Cuisine – now in a Second Edition. Containing more than 1300 recipes (the best of 1900 that Nikki personally developed and tested), this “magnum opus of wholefoods cooking” has been hailed by many authorities as “the new Joy of Cooking.” Admired by M.F.K Fisher and nominated for the prestigious Tastemaker Award, this book is a culinary triumph of vegetarian cuisine and foreshadowed today’s emphasis on wholesome foods. To the Goldbecks, “this cookbook demonstrates that a good diet is not inconsistent with either a modern lifestyle or the pleasures of fine cooking; it takes the best of the old and the new to create a contemporary ‘wholefoods cuisine’.” American Wholefoods Cuisine has sold more than 250,000 copies. The first edition remained in print for 19 years.
One their most satisfying projects has been the success of Nikki’s As You Eat, So Your Baby Grows (Ceres Press, Rev.Ed.2003), an educational booklet for pregnant women. The booklet has been distributed to more than 600,000 women by health professionals and has been approved by every major childbirth education association.
David Goldbeck’s book, The Smart Kitchen (Ceres Press, 1994), was based on the “Demonstration Kitchen” that the Goldbecks designed for their own use. The book, now in its sixth printing, is a guide to designing a comfortable, safe, energy-efficient and environment-friendly workspace. David currently lectures on design to lay and professional audiences and consults to homeowners and business through his company, Smart Kitchen Associates. The Gold beck kitchen was featured live on CBS Morning News and may be “the most photographed kitchen in America.”
From 1987 to 1989, David published a quarterly newsletter, True Food that published among others, original writings by MFK Fisher and Robert Rodale.
Nikki Goldbeck was born in New York City and received a B.S. in food and nutrition from the School of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Before her career as a writer and nutrition consultant, she worked as a food publicist, participated in new product development, and created recipes for major food companies. Today in addition to writing, Nikki conducts an active private nutrition practice in association with medical practitioners.
David Goldbeck, also born in New York City, received a B.A. in economics from Queens College of the City University of New York and an LL.B. from Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the New York Bar. Before turning to food education and publishing, David directed a community legal service program, taught elementary school, was a produce man, waiter, and ran several dining rooms.
The Goldbecks have appeared frequently on national radio and TV. They have been frequent guests on Donahue and Hour Magazine and for a time had regular spots on AM New York and AM Chicago. They appeared on the cover of East-West Journal in 1988. Articles by the Goldbecks have appeared in numerous national publications.
The Goldbecks live in Woodstock, New York. They both enjoy reading fiction, lap swimming, travel and outdoor activities.
A Short History of Ceres Press
Ceres Press was established by David Goldbeck in 1977. David Goldbeck’s purpose in founding Ceres Press was to provide a vehicle for publishing books on food, consumer issues and nutrition. Ceres Press’ first publication, Nikki Goldbeck’s “As You Eat, So Your Baby Grows,” has been distributed by health professionals to more than 600,000 pregnant women since 1977.
In 1989, David Goldbeck added environmental titles to the Ceres book list with the publication of his book The Smart Kitchen. This book has been highly praised for its innovative and environmental viewpoint. In 1990, Ceres Press published Annie Berthold-Bond’s Clean & Green. Because of the success of Clean & Green — 100,000 in print — Annie Berthold-Bond is now considered the “green Heloise.” David discovered herbalist Dina Falconi and convinced her to write Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair. She has not been sorry.