Jesse Browner is the author of the novels Conglomeros (Random House, 1992), Turnaway (Random House, 1996), The Uncertain Hour (Bloomsbury, 2007) and Everything Happens Today (Europa Editions, 2011). His The Duchess Who Wouldn't Sit Down: An Informal History of Hospitality in Western Civilization was published by Bloomsbury in 2003. His memoir How Did I Get Here: Making Peace with the Road Not Taken, is being published by HarperWave in June 2015.
Browner has also translated books by Jean Cocteau, Paul Eluard and Rainer Maria Rilke, as well as Frédéric Vitoux's award-winning Céline: A Biography. More recently, he translated Matthieu Ricard's Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill (Little, Brown, 2007) and Frédéric Mitterrand's The Bad Life (Soft Skull, 1997).
His freelance writing includes contributions to Nest magazine, Food & Wine, Gastronomica, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Salon.com, Slate.com and others.
Browner lives in New York City.