For more than a decade, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer covering every square inch of Cleveland for local, regional, national, and international publications. His work has been published in Food Network magazine, Miami Herald, Globe and Mail, and Wine & Spirits. In his longstanding role as dining editor of Cleveland Scene, Douglas garnered the title of “Best Critic in Ohio” from the Society of Professional Journalists.
While Douglas still pens weekly restaurant reviews, he is also the founder and managing editor of Fresh Water Cleveland, a digital magazine that covers Northeast Ohio’s most compelling people, businesses, and organizations. Douglas is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling cookbooks with chef Michael Symon: Carnivore and 5 in 5.
After writing professionally about his hometown for so long, Douglas assumed there was little left to discover. With fresh eyes, he gave his favorite city a top-to-bottom reexamination during the research of this book. He walked away from the project an even bigger fan of Cleveland, uncovering new shops, restaurants, museums, and hidden gems.
He lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife, two dogs, and four chickens.