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Best Cookbook Ever Has Detroit Roots

Two Detroit-born brothers, Max and Eli Sussmann are promoting their newest cookbook this weekend, Best Cookbook Ever at events in Ann Arbor, Troy, and of course here in Detroit (fun fact: apparently their mother owns Eastern Market's Signal Return Press).

From their press release:

Best Cookbook Ever offers a selection of over 70 recipes, divided into sections like Hangover Cures; the vegetarian-friendly Just Add Bacon; Daddy Needs a Snack; Tasty Choices Before Making Tasteless Decisions; Just Because You Don't Have Friends Doesn't Mean You Can't Make Dinner; Captain Dinner Party; and desserts, No Regrets. The Sussmans introduce readers to real-life scenarios such as what to cook on the eve of the Apocalypse (answer: Pork Belly with Bacon-Blueberry Jam and Mint) and share hilarious commentary on pretty much everything, including the names of their own recipes (example: "Mussels & Saffron sounds like the title of a bad rom-com movie from the 1980s about two lost souls traveling abroad that meet in Belgium on a cold rainy night and share dreams for their futures over a classic bowl of moules frites").

Aside from being Detroiters, the brothers have some serious accolades under their belts:

Max Sussman was named one of the "30 under 30" food and wine stars to watch in 2012 by Forbes magazine as well as one of the 2012 Zagat NYC's "30 under 30." He was also nominated for the 2012 James Beard Rising Star Chef Award. Most recently, Max was chef de cuisine at Roberta's, during which time the restaurant received 2 stars from The New York Times. Max previously was the chef de cuisine at Eve, a beloved restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and worked under chef April Bloomfield at the Michelin-starred Breslin in New York City. Eli Sussman is the chef at Brooklyn's much-loved Mile End Deli, which has been featured on several "best of" lists including Time Out, GQ, and Village Voice, and he was selected for the 2012 Zagat NYC's "30 under 30." He is also the marketing director for Taste of the Nation NYC, an annual tasting event to benefit the national hunger charity Share Our Strength. He has MC'd events, such as the Los Angeles Times Taste and Taste of the Nation LA, and has written for several websites including,, and

Date: Saturday, 11.30.13
Address: 124 E Washington Street, Ann Arbor
Start Time: 3pm
Max and Eli Sussman will give an intimate talk about the process of writing Best Cookbook Ever, before leading an engaging Q&A with guests.

Williams-Sonoma (Somerset Collection)
Date: Friday, 11.29.13
Address: 2801 W Big Beaver Rd g219, Troy
Start Time: 5pm
The signings will include a demo and taste from Best Cookbook Ever as well as the chance to chat with the dynamic brothers and get a copy of the cookbook signed.

Williams-Sonoma (Briarwood Mall)
Date: Saturday, 11.30.13
Address: 808 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor
Start Time: 12pm
The signings will include a demo and taste from Best Cookbook Ever as well as the chance to chat with the dynamic brothers and get a copy of the cookbook signed.

Book Party at Signal Return
Date: Saturday, 11.30.13
Address: 1345 Division St, Detroit
Start Time: 8pm
Eli & Max will celebrate the launch of Best Cookbook Ever with a party at their mother's gallery Signal Return Press, offering guests bites and cocktails from the book.
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