In between trips, tastings and events, Epstein writes books. Her award-winning cookbook The American Lighthouse Cookbook (Sourcebooks/Cumberland, co-written with Chef Ed Jackson) came out last year. Her second book is an entirely new update of the classic kitchen reference Substituting Ingredients (Sourcebooks) is a classic, both as print and ebook. In addition, she contributes to’s ebook collections.

Her latest wine book is Champagne:A Global History (Reaktion) which includes sparkling wines from around the world — now available in hardcover and ebook.

And with cooking contests reaching a new level of popularity everywhere, Epstein and a friend recently helped organize one for their hometown. Then they wrote the “How-To” book so everyone can do it: How To Create a Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest for the 21st Century: Lessons Learned from Lexington’s 300th Anniversary Celebration (by Epstein & Burwell, Provisions Press, 2013).