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Food Activist and Cocktail Culturalist

A Seasonal Guide and Cookbook
Celebrating the Market's First 50 Years

Support the Market

Michael Turback was among the first to embrace concepts of farm-to-table and vineyard-to-table at his restaurant, Turback’s of Ithaca – an achievement recognized nationally.  He not only created and nurtured one of the region’s first destination restaurants, he built a reputation around his ability to stalk, procure, and support the best of local food and wine.  The Los Angeles Times called Turback’s, “the first Finger Lakes restaurant to really devote itself to New York’s culinary and enological bounty.”

Turback was trained as a restaurateur at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.  His restaurant’s mission combined inventiveness, passionate cooking with local ingredients, and the novel concept of a wine list with exclusively New York State products.  He pioneered concepts at Turback’s that sparked trends that are seen throughout the restaurant industry today.  His loyalty to small local farmers and use of seasonal local produce helped to popularize American regional dining.  Wine tasting events and wine dinners inspired interest in a new generation of regional wines.  Cocktail programs developed in his establishments have influenced the beverage business for over three decades.

THE Books


Bartender's Handshake

Cocktails at Dinner

My Books


All the Gin Joints

What a Swell Party It Was

A Path of Life

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Bartender's Handshake

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Cocktails at Dinner

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The Timeless Martini

The Bible of Bubbly

A Dash of Bitters


Nick and Nora

Mixology and Mythology

Out of Those Wet Clothes and Into a Dry Martini

Hanky Panky

Signature Cocktails

Regrettable Cocktails

Daiquiri Time Out

A Day in the Life of a Cocktail


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Alyssa Griffin
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