Alex Prud’Homme

Author Profile

Alex Prud’homme was born and raised in New York City.  In 1984 he graduated from Middlebury College, in Vermont, with a BA in history.  In 1985, he embarked on a three month trip to Asia that turned into a two year adventure around the world.  Working as a fisherman in Australia, an English teacher in Japan, and a janitor in Paris, Prud’homme filled 13 journals with observations.  It was this daily recording of experience that led him to a career in writing.

In 1988, he began his career as a fact-checker at New York magazine, where he wrote many short articles; he also wrote freelance, producing stories like “Slave,” a New Yorker piece about an irascible soup maven (later made famous by Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi”).  He moved to BusinessMonth, where he profiled business leaders, to Time, where he covered national affairs, and to People, where he wrote on crime.  For several years he was a ghost writer of business books and freelanced for publications like The New York Times.

In 2001 Prud’homme joined Tina Brown’s Talk magazine.  His story “Should Johnny Paul Penry Die?” — about the debate over executing mentally-retarded criminals — was anthologized in The Best American Crime Writing.  In 2002 his story, “Investigating ImClone” was published in Vanity Fair and anthologized in Best Business Crime Writing.

In 2003, Prud’homme and Michael Cherkasky (CEO of Marsh & McLennan) wrote Forewarned, about terrorism and security, for Ballantine.  In 2004, Prud’homme wrote The Cell Game, an investigation of the ImClone scandal, for HarperBusiness.  This book has been optioned for a movie.

On April 4, 2006, Knopf will publish My Life in France, which Prud’homme wrote with Julia Child.  It is Julia’s reminiscence about the years she and her husband Paul (Prud’homme’s great uncle) lived in Paris, Marseille and Provence.  First printing will be 100,000 copies; an audiobook and a Vintage paperback are forthcoming; first serial has gone to The New York Times Magazine (2/19/06) and Bon Appetit (April 2006);  it is a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club; Prud’homme will appear on “Good Morning America,” and will do a six city book tour.

Alex Prud’homme lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY.


Cookbooks by Alex Prud’Homme