September 8, 2016

Non-Fiction Book Documents Inspirational Stories of International Restaurateurs
“Flavors of Life” by Jessica Lipowski looks at the lives of 62 entrepreneurs from 41 different countries with one common passion

AMSTERDAMFlavors of Life, a non-fiction book by Detroit native Jessica Lipowski, released in May 2016. The book is a collection of inspirational biographies of 62 entrepreneurs from around the world. Ranging from a famous Swiss drummer to an American ballet dancer to those who grew up during the apartheid in South Africa or in a small village in the mountains of Nepal, they are connected by a common thread: all own a restaurant in Amsterdam.

While the people written about in Flavors of Life live in Amsterdam, the stories have universal themes. The book is a collection of biographies and examines culture, lifestyle, entrepreneurship, food, and family values. Regardless or whether someone has visited Amsterdam or not, readers can find a piece of themselves in this book.

Flavors of Life proves, once again, that everyone has a compelling story to tell,” said John Higham, author of 360 Degrees Longitude. “Jessica Lipowski has the talent to bring those stories to life for her readers.”

Discover how these diverse individuals landed in the same city, in the same industry, with a shared passion. Learn how food and the customs surrounding it crosses cultures and unite us. Most often, reviews, articles, and blogs cover only the quality of food, friendliness and promptness of the service, and cleanliness of the establishment, yet what is often forgotten is the person who created the experience: the owner. Gain an appreciation for the variety of restaurants and the stories behind them.

“From a young age, I have been captivated by good stories. In a way, our stories create a world recipe,” said Jessica Lipowski, author of Flavors of Life. “Combined with my journalistic background and interest in writing human-interest pieces, not to mention my love for food, I decided to interview international restaurant owners, digging into their history – from childhood to present day – to discover exactly how they got involved in the restaurant industry, as well as how they ended up in Amsterdam.”

The book is available internationally as a paperback (ISBN: 978-90-825238-0-5) and e-book (e-pub: 978-90-825238-1-2, Kindle: 978-90-825238-2-9). Purchases can be made directly through the website, but the book is also available at various Amsterdam establishments. The author, Jessica Lipowski, will be making special appearances in Detroit, Chicago, and the Grand Rapids area this fall. The website lists upcoming events. If you’d like to arrange an interview, receive a copy for review, or learn more about the book, please contact Jessica Lipowski. The “Media” tab on the website lists other coverage, reviews, a Q&A with the author, and high-resolution images.

About Jessica Lipowski
Jessica Lipowski, originally from Detroit, Michigan and a graduate of Michigan State University, moved to the Netherlands in February 2011. In the past, she’s been published on (part of USAToday) and in The Washington Times, but has also worked in project management and marketing. The book, in combination with her past work experience, travels, and life as an expat, has enabled her to view food, travel, and culture through a different lens.