John Schlimm is the award-winning author of twelve books on cooking/entertaining, history, how-to, and fiction.
His latest work is Grilling Vegan Style: 125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite into a Backyard BBQ. A comprehensive vegan grilling handbook and cookbook, Grilling Vegan Style serves up backyard cooking and entertaining like never before, once more proving John’s point that eating vegan style does not have to be boring or tasteless.
In the fall of 2012, John’s first vegan cookbook, The Tipsy Vegan: 75 Boozy Recipes to Turn Every Bite into Happy Hour, was released to critical acclaim. In this hip cookbook, John smashes through vegan stereotypes and breaks new ground once again by showcasing a collection of plant-based recipes using favorites from the bar circuit–wine, beer, vodka, etc.–as key ingredients.
In the summer of 2011, John expanded into yet another literary genre, releasing his debut novel, Twang, to rave reviews as an e-Book exclusive worldwide. A former Country Music publicist, John peels back the industry-crafted cliché of Nashville and its beloved superstars as he follows a special group of fictionalized Country Music singers and their entourages through one unforgettable year in their lives. He takes readers backstage of the sold-out concerts, inside the homes and heads of Nashville’s elite, and introduces them to a side of show business that has yet to be revealed.
In 2010, John wrote The Seven Stars Cookbook: Recipes from World-Class Casino Restaurants, a coffee table-style book that he created in conjunction with Caesars Entertainment, the world’s largest gaming company. With a Foreword by culinary icon Paula Deen and more than 125 recipes from some of the top casino-restaurant chefs in the country as well as such celebrity chefs as Bobby Flay, John Besh, Bradley Ogden, Francois Payard, Paul Prudhomme, and Guy Savoy, The Seven Stars Cookbook is a high-end tour de force that brings the luxury and glamour of Caesars Entertainment’s casinos and restaurants across the country into each reader’s own kitchen and parties. That same year, the book was named one of the best cookbooks in the U.S. by the Gourmand Awards.
A member of one the oldest and most esteemed brewing families in the U.S., John’s now classic and voluminous ode to beer and food, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook: More Than 400 Recipes That All Use Beer, was released in 2008. In 2009, the book was awarded both “Best Beer Book in the U.S.” and “Best Beer Book in the World” by the international Gourmand Awards. The largest beer cookbook ever published, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook has garnered critical acclaim from the media and readers across the country. Also in 2009, The Beer Lover’s Cookbook: More Than 300 Recipes That All Use Beer was released as a travel-friendly, paperback adaptation of The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook.
In 2005, John chronicled his family’s award-winning, Pennsylvania landmark company, Straub Brewery, Inc., which was founded in the 1870’s by his Great-Great-Grandfather Peter Straub, in a pictorial history titled Straub Brewery. Prior to this, John wrote two other popular Straub Beer-related books, The Straub Beer Cookbook and The Straub Beer Party Drinks Handbook.
Also in 2005, John released The Pennsylvania Celebrities Cookbook, which is an unprecedented collection of recipes contributed by celebrities who were either born in the Keystone State or who in someway impacted the state. Proceeds from the cookbook benefitted women’s health initiatives.
John’s first book, Corresponding With History: The Art & Benefits of Collecting Autographs, written the year after he graduated from college, is part memoir, part pop culture time capsule, and part how-to as it chronicles his impressive autograph collection that today numbers more than 4,000 pieces. For more than a decade, John also parlayed his collection into the popular, monthly “Book Collector” column in Autograph magazine.
In recent years, John has traveled the country doing appearances and speaking about inspirational/motivational topics, cooking, entertaining, and public relations to a wide variety of groups. In April 2012, he delivered his first Commencement Address. He has appeared on such national media outlets as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, QVC, NPR, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, The Splendid Table, and cable’s number one morning show, Fox & Friends.
During his early career, John served in the Vice Presidential Communications Office at The White House where he worked with Second Lady Tipper Gore as well as having worked in production and scriptwriting for the national radio series Enterprising Women, fundraising for various national and local non-profits, and as a celebrity publicist at FrontPage Publicity in Nashville.
In 2003, John joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as an adjunct professor in the Communication Arts Department where he was also the host of the radio program Campus Crossfire for five seasons. During the 2006/2007 school year, he served as the Visiting Assistant Professor for Broadcast Communications.
John has also been a promotional writer for various entities, including Caesars Entertainment, the country’s preeminent literary PR firm, and a leading publisher, where he has written on behalf of Hollywood and literary superstars as well as some of the country’s most respected brand names. John’s articles and writings have also appeared in various anthologies (including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), magazines, newspapers, and online news sources.
John’s ongoing community-based efforts as an award-winning activist and advocate include serving as a 20+ year advocate for fitness and healthy lifestyle choices and the Arts through his work on the Board of Directors for Citizens Against Physical, Sexual & Emotional Abuse, co-directing the award-winning TEAM STRAUB (an adjunct fundraising arm of Straub Brewery, Inc.), his work with the American Cancer Society (John was named Best New Volunteer in 2006 for his efforts on behalf of Relay for Life and his team, TEAM STRAUB, was honored with the Mission Possible Award), working as an American Red Cross-certified swimming instructor for more than twenty years, volunteering at the Elk County Humane Society, and moderating the Blood, Guts, & Glory Lecture Series on the media, pop culture, politics, and other topics. Recently, John was honored with the Elk County Council on the Arts 2013 “Heart in the Arts” award for his support of the Arts.
For more than twenty years, John has honed his talents as a visual artist, working in a variety of different mediums from wood and acrylics to marker, paper, photography, and video. To date, John has utilized most of his work as donations for various charity functions. The first piece of John’s artwork to ever be sold was auctioned-off following 9/11 at a 2001 event in TriBeCa to benefit The Twin Towers Orphan Fund. Since then, his pieces have helped raise money for a variety of causes.
John graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marymount University with a B.A. in Communications & Public Relations and a minor in Studio Arts, earned his dual Secondary Education Certifications in English and Speech Communications at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and completed his Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard University.