Born in 1943, Dan Hofstadter was educated at Columbia University and the Sorbonne, to which he received a French postgraduate scholarship. He has contributed to many national journals, including Smithsonian, the Wall Street Journal, and the New Yorker, serving as a contract writer for the latter for eight years.
He is the author of five works of nonfiction. The Love Affair as a Work of Art (1996), for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, was nominated for a Book Critics Circle Award; Falling Palace (2005) was nominated for an American PEN Award. He has written for many national periodicals and has taught at several colleges. Hofstadter has for some years been working on a book about Italian cheese-making, a project sold in 2015 to Basic Books, a division of Perseus/Hachette. He is a recipient of the James Beard Award for Culinary Journalism. His books have been translated into most European languages.