Cookbook author, Food Swap founder, and home preservation expert

Emily Paster is the writer, photographer, and recipe developer behind the the popular family food blog, West of the Loop. In 2011, she founded the Chicago Food Swap, one of the most active food swaps in the country. Emily’s first book, a combination cookbook and guide to the food swap movement entitled Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving, was published in May 2016. Her second cookbook, The Joys of Jewish Preserving, will be released in spring 2017. Emily also writes for the International Housewares’ Association’s lifestyle website, Inspired Home, and numerous print outlets. She appears regularly on Chicago television and radio. An expert in home food preservation, Emily teaches canning classes and demonstrations throughout the Chicago area. Emily lives with her husband and two children in the Chicago suburbs.

See Emily at Cookbook Publishing With or Without Huge Numbers in The Art & Science of Food Blogging track on October 7, 2016 from 1:30pm - 2:45pm.