Andrew Zimmern, Makes His Kid Lit Debut with a Tale of Ancient Mystery, Global Adventure, Mischief, Fun, and Food!

November 08, 2018

Host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods and 4-Time James Beard Award-Winner


Makes His Kid Lit Debut with a Tale of Ancient Mystery, Global Adventure,

Mischief, Fun, and Food!


Andrew is proud to support No Kid Hungry through the distribution of AZ and the Lost City of Ophir
Well-known for his hit show Bizarre Foods on Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard award-winning
television personality, chef, entrepreneur, teacher, and author, who is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and versatile
personalities in the food world. In AZ AND THE LOST CITY OF OPHIR (Beaver’s Pond Press; On sale: February 5, 2019; 978-1-
64343-986-0; $15.95; Hardcover), written by Andrew Zimmern and H. E. McElhatton, with full-color illustrations by Lisa
Troutman, Andrew shares his boundless appetite for global adventure and intrepid eating with kids.
 Andrew Zimmern is an acclaimed chef and 4-time James Beard Award winner;
 Andrew is the EP and Host of the following TV shows:  “Zimmern List,” “Bizarre Foods,” “Bizarre Foods Delicious
Destinations” (Travel Channel); and “Big Food Truck Tip” (Food Network);
 Andrew has explored cultures in more than 170 countries, promoting impactful ways to think about and experience food;
 His social Media following is 5.2M+ (combined): Facebook: 1.3M, Instagram: 635K, Twitter: 1.28M, Pinterest: 78K, and
Google+: 2M;
 This is Andrew’s first work of fiction for young readers and it delivers a mix of action, suspense, fascinating facts, and
culinary curiosities that middle graders, boys and girls ages 10 to ‘tween, will gobble up;
 AZ AND THE LOST CITY OF OPHIR introduces a hero very much like Andrew when he was a boy. Squid and linguine,
grasshoppers dipped in gravy—AZ eats anything. Traveling the world with his archeologist parents, he’s acquired what
some call a “complex palate.” Kids at his school in Minneapolis pay money to watch him eat gross stuff. After a bad report
card and threat of summer school, AZ expects months of boredom with his uncle, but to his surprise, an unpredictable
adventure ensues. In a flash, AZ is on a mission to find the legendary city of Ophir, where gold flows. Follow him on a
journey filled with danger, new friends, and exotic food!;
 AZ AND THE LOST CITY OF OPHIR has received raves from Joel McHale (“the best kids’ adventure book you’ll read
anywhere, anytime”), Bobby Flay, Dana Cowin, and other notables; and
 Andrew Zimmern is proud to support No Kid Hungry through the distribution of AZ AND THE LOST CITY OF OPHIR. No
Kid Hungry is a charitable campaign created by Share Our Strength that has fed 775 million meals to children since its
inception in 2010. Working with local partners across the country, they ensure kids get the food they need, like healthy
breakfast at school and free meals during the summertime.
When not traveling the world and sampling unusual dishes, Andrew lives in Minneapolis, MN. He dedicates the book to his young
son, Noah, along with all “the brave, adventurous, smart, and funny children of the world.”
Book Trailer HERE (
2019 Book Tour Dates (Book Events will be announced shortly):
Feb 6-9: New York City/New Jersey/Long Island/CT
February 11: Atlanta
February 13: LA
February 15-17: Minneapolis (Hometown)
February 18: Chicago
Andrew can appear one-on-one and is available to demo dishes influenced by the book. To discuss review, feature or
interview opportunities, please contact Justin Loeber and staff at 212-260-7576 or