BlogHer Food '10 Speakers

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Adam Pearson
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As a food and prop stylist for a variety of editorial and advertising clients, Adam Pearson fell into food styling quite organically – if not by accident. A stint in culinary school brought a self-realization to Adam. “I began to think the restaurant world after culinary school wasn’t for me – I didn’t smoke or drink enough,” he says with a touch of humor and unflappable honesty. While trying to map out a life of food that existed outside the stressful working environment of restaurants, Adam began cooking and styling food for his partner’s foodblog mattbites.com. His work garnered attention, earning him apprenticing positions with established stylists until he was ready to go it alone. Adam has styled numerous cookbooks as well as for national advertising clients like Chiquita Banana, Food Network, Whole Foods Market, La Brea Bakery, Kohl’s Department Store and Post Cereal.

Although not a blogger himself, Adam is very active and visible within the blogging community and speaks and teaches food styling workshops internationally.

He lives in Los Angeles with his partner Matt Armendariz and their three dogs.

Aida Mollenkamp

With a diverse culinary background, cooking expert Aida Mollenkamp has been engaging in all things food for more than a decade. Currently, she is host of the Food Network’s popular “Ask Aida”, where she shares her knowledge of food while dishing out culinary therapy. On May 31st, Aida will debut a second show, “Foodcrafters,” for the Food Network's new sister network, Cooking Channel. In “Foodcrafters,” Aida leaves the kitchen to uncover handmade food finds from around the nation. Growing up with an Italian-American mother and a French stepmother, Aida was fortunate enough to always be surrounded by good food. Eventually, she made her way into the kitchen and discovered her own passion for cooking. In the years since, Aida has worked everywhere from a gourmet deli and California Pizza Kitchen to the Hotel Bel Air and online food magazine CHOW.com.

Having studied Hospitality Management at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Aida worked at Ernst & Young in Hotel and Restaurant Consulting before traveling to Europe to attend culinary school at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Paris. While studying in the City of Lights, she book-ended her time with stints in Florence, Italy, where she learned to speak Italian, to cook the food, and to enjoy life – something that has stuck with her ever since. In 2004, Aida graduated with a Grand Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

In January 2005, Aida joined San Francisco-based CHOW.com, a web site created for food and drink enthusiasts. As the Food Editor, Aida regularly appeared in instructional videos for the site, ran the test kitchen, worked as a lead food stylist and developed recipes and story ideas.

When not hunting out the hottest restaurants, searching for the newest artisanal products, or hosting her friends and family at laidback dinner parties, Aida can be found giving back to the community. She lives by the belief that good knife skills lead to good life skills and works with Share our Strength's Good Food Gardens program, helping kids to foster their relationship with food and, ultimately, boost their confidence.

Alaina Browne

Alaina Browne is the General Manager of Serious Eats, one of the largest and most respected food communities and blogs on the Internet. She has overseen business operations and platform development since before the site's launch to its current audience of million of visitors per month and its recognition in the form of two James Beard Foundation awards. Prior to joining Serious Eats, Alaina was the first employee and business manager of San Francisco-based Mule Design, the respected web design studio where she led key projects including the relaunch of Chowhound.com as well as projects for Quickbooks/Intuit, JotSpot (later acquired by Google) and more.

Alaina has been a blogger since 1998, and in 2003 her pioneering food blog, A Full Belly (then NYC Eats) was the first food blog recognized as Yahoo's Site of the Day. Her earlier career includes work as a independent consultant and as a product manager at Mindspring/Earthlink. Alaina lives in New York City with her husband, Anil Dash.

Amanda Rettke
i am baker

Amanda Rettke began her food blogging career in October 2010 with the introduction of her first surprise-inside cake, and since then she's been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Woman's World, Midwest Living, Brides, and Romantic Homes. A regular contributor to Food Network and HuffPost Food online, she has also been featured on the Martha Stewart Show and marthastewart.com. She lives with her husband and five children near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Anupy Singla

Anupy Singla is an award-winning journalist who gave up her career in television to cook...and blog about it. After working a rigorous early morning schedule for a Chicago-based CLTV News, Anupy realized her two young girls were suffering. Not only did she have little time and energy to spend with them, she also had little to no time to cook all of the amazing Indian food that she grew up with as a young girl on the east coast. Anupy was born in India but raised outside of Philadelphia and grew up visiting her extensive family in India. Her paternal grandfather taught her how to cook and appreciate good, healthy, spicy Indian food. Her love for good Indian and her girls spurred Anupy to write her first cookbook out this fall: The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Authentic, Easy Recipes (Agate Surrey). Anupy’s food-related work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Sun-Times and various other publications. She teaches classes and does cooking demos for Bloomingdale’s, Sur la table, and the Kids’ Table in Chicago. She also organizes and leads spice tours through Chicago’s little India all while still teaching her girls how to cook and eat good, healthy homemade food.

Audra Wolfe

Audra Wolfe, PhD, is a Philadelphia-based food educator, writer, and editor. She learned food preservation techniques growing up on her parents’ farm in Southern Indiana and chronicles her adventures in growing, making, preserving, and eating food on her blog, Doris and Jilly Cook.

Brooke Burton

Brooke Burton is a Los Angeles-based food writer, restaurant professional, and author of FoodWoolf.com.

Prior to the Federal Trade Commission's ruling on the legality of corporate influence on bloggers, Burton and her writing partner, Leah Greenstein of Spicy Salty Sweet, crafted a five-point manifesto on their joint website: Food Blog Code of Ethics. Over night, their online manifesto gained worldwide attention in the media (Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Guardian UK) and within the food blogging community for their call to action for food bloggers to think about honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability before publishing reviews of restaurants or sponsored products.

Burton currently works as the Chief Service Officer of a Los Angeles-based Asian restaurant group and freelance writer for numerous publications including LA Weekly's award winning food blog, Squid Ink and Edible Los Angeles.

Carolyn Jung
Freelance writer and Founder of FoodGal.com

Carolyn Jung is an award-winning food and wine writer based in Silicon Valley, California. She is the recipient of a James Beard Award for feature writing about restaurants/chefs, a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism award of excellence for diversity writing, an award from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors, and numerous first-place honors from the Association of Food Journalists, and the Peninsula Press Club. She has judged a bevy of food contests, including the biggie of them all, the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

For 11 years, she was the food writer/editor for the San Jose Mercury News. She also was a contributor to the book, “The Slow Food Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area.”

Currently, she is a freelance food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, Coastal Living, Food Arts, Wine Spectator, Via, East Bay Express, Oakland magazine, Alameda magazine and other publications, including the online site, Tasting Table San Francisco. She ghost-writes and tests recipes for cookbook authors. She lends expertise as a food industry/food trend consultant. Additionally, she was a judge for the 2009 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Awards.

In 2008, she created FoodGal.com, a food and wine blog that features interviews with celebrated chefs, reviews of intriguing cookbooks and products, the scoop on new restaurants, irresistible recipes, and her singular take on how food touches every aspect of our lives. In 2009, her blog was awarded second place for “Best Food Blog” in the nation by the Association of Food Journalists.

Carrie Vitt

When debilitating health problems meant her daily regime would include multiple medications, Carrie decided to take matters into her own hands—or rather, into her own kitchen. She switched her diet to whole, unprocessed, organic ingredients and began to notice an improvement in her symptoms within a matter of days. Seven years later, Carrie is off all medications and shares advice, tips and her wholesome recipes on her blog, Deliciously Organic. Carrie is also the author of the cookbook titled: Deliciously Organic that will be released in November 2010.

Cheryl Sternman Rule
Cookbook Author / Food Writer / Blogger

Cheryl Sternman Rule is the author of the new cookbook RIPE: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables (Running Press, 2012), a collaboration with photographer Paulette Phlipot. She is also the voice behind 5 Second Rule, winner of the 2012 IACP New Media & Broadcast Award for outstanding Culinary Blog. A widely published food writer since 2004, Cheryl has contributed articles to Cooking LightEatingWellVegetarian TimesSunsetBody + Soul, Culinate, iVillage, and many more print and online publications.  Visit cherylsternmanrule.com to learn more, and follow Cheryl on Twitter @sternmanrule.

Dani Spies

Dani Spies is the founder and host of “Clean and Delicious TV”; a web based cooking series that provides viewers with simple and flavorful ways of incorporating nutritious foods into their everyday kitchens. As a Health and Nutrition Counselor, Fitness Trainer, and Mom who has struggled with her own weight in the past, she knows how to get people excited about cooking and eating healthy, nutritious food.  

David Leite

David Leite is the author of The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast, which won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award and for which he received the 2009 National Leadership Award from the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS). When not agonizing over his next book, he writes about everything from champagne to Welsh food to high tea to being a super taster for publications including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, epicurious.com, and Ridgefield Magazine, where he was the food editor for three years. He's also the resident food geek at The Morning News. David is a frequent guest on the Martha Stewart Living Radio program, Living Today, hosted by Mario Bosquez, and often reads his work on public radio's food program The Splendid Table hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. He's a regular guest on WTNH-TV, appears on The Today Show, and was profiled on Radical Sabbatical on Fine Living Network.

David won the 2008 James Beard Award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes for his article "In a '64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam" and was nominated in 2009 for his article "Perfection? Hint: It's Warm and Has a Secret," both from the New York Times. He's also a four-time nominee for the Bert Green Award for Food Journalism, which he won in 2006. In addition, he was a 2007 and 2006 winner of an Association of Food Journalists Award. His essays have been included in the Best Food Writing series from 2001 to 2010. Leite's Culinaria, which David created in 1999, won both the 2007 James Beard Award for Web Site Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition and the 2006 James Beard Award for Best Food Web Site, a 2006 Food Blog Award, the 2005 World Food Media Award for Best Food and/or Drink Web Site, and was named Best Writer's Web Site for 2002 by Writer's Digest.

Delores Custer
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Delores is an internationally known food stylist whose work has appeared in magazines, television, print advertising and feature films. Her editorial clients include: Time-Life Books. Cuisine, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Life, Chocolatier, Gourmet, Bon Appetit and Fine Cooking. She has more than seventy print and television clients that include Budweiser, Cuisinart, The Food Network, General Mills, Kraft Pillsbury and Nestle.

She has taught courses in Professional Food Styling, Recipe Writing, and Food Demonstration Techniques for Television at New York University, The Culinary Institute of America, The Institute of Culinary Education and culinary schools around the world. For a current schedule of food styling classes you can reach her by email.

She develops recipes for various food companies and has contributed to several cookbooks. She has written a book entitled Food Styling: the Art of Preparing Food for the Camera that will be available in the Spring of 2010.

Diana Johnson

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She is the creator of EatingRichly.com, and a regular contributor at SheKnows.com. Diana is also the creative director for the husband and wife team of Diana Eric J, a media production company, and can be found in front of the camera as much as she's behind it.

Diana Eric J was formed when Diana and her husband Eric realized that her creativity and writing skills paired perfectly with his technical skills and eye for detail. They now work together, telling stories through video on a variety of topics. They share food and cooking stories, capture weddings, and even create book trailers, commercials, and video biographies. Their favorite topic though, is definitely their baby boy Corban.

Diana is also passionate about educating and equipping people for healthy eating on any budget, and is the creator of the Healthy Cooking on a Tight Budget Program in the Seattle area. She speaks regularly on food justice and nutrition education, and has been featured by several sites including Bay Area Bites. Her current focus is creating easy breastfeeding recipes for nursing moms.

Diane Cu
White On Rice Couple

Diane Cu is a professional photographer, stylist and filmaker based in Los Angeles. Fueled by her love of local culture and a home cooked meal, she loves sharing stories of amazing people from her travels. Diane's advertising and editorial work can be found in Oprah Winfrey Network, Whole Foods, Williams Sonoma, Cooking Channel, Sunset Magazine and published cookbooks. She co-writes the food & photography blog WhiteOnRiceCouple.com. and is co-founder of EvoMultimedia.com 

 

Dianne Jacob
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Dianne Jacob is the author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More. Now in its second edition, the book won the 2005 Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book and the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Best in the US in its category. She is also the author of Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas, a cookbook she co-authored with a chef.

Dianne has judged books for the James Beard Foundation, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards, and has judged writing for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism.

She teaches classes on food writing and book publishing at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA; The Writing Salon in Berkeley, CA; and Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. See her website, http://www.diannej.com, and blog, http://www.diannej.com/blog.

Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, Chef de Cuisine, Lucé at the InterContinental San Francisco, was raised in Versailles, France. Executive Chef Dominique Crenn developed a keen interest for cooking as a young girl surrounded by a family that celebrated fine dining. While she credits her mother for her early introduction to the culinary arts, Crenn also attributes her passion for fine fare to her politician father from whom she, “learned to appreciate the subtle nuances and unique flavors of great cuisine,” during their numerous sojourns to the region’s best restaurants with his best friend, a well-respected French food critic.

Before attending college, Crenn traveled extensively through Europe to learn the endless styles of cooking and possibilities of using ingredients from each culture. Crenn moved to San Francisco in 1988, where she began her formal training as a chef, fell madly in love with the city, and remained there for the next nine years. During this time, she built an impressive resume, working under the tutelage of San Francisco luminaries, Jeremiah Tower and Mark Franz for over two years at the celebrated Stars. She later heated up the kitchens of lauded restaurants such as Campton Place, 2223 Market and the Park Hyatt Grill. Crenn was subsequently hired as executive chef of the Yoyo Bistro at the Miyako Hotel where she obtained an impressive 3-star review in the annual Access San Francisco book during her one-year stint there.

Following her tenure in Northern California, Crenn moved to Indonesia in 1997, where she made history as the first female executive chef in the country when she took the helm at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Jakarta. Crenn’s work in Jakarta was abbreviated due to the political turmoil in South East Asia and she returned to California in 1998 to accept the position of executive chef at the Manhattan Country Club, in Manhattan Beach. Club members, celebrities and dignitaries alike recognized her culinary prowess and soon Crenn was catering private events for personalities such as Vice-President Al Gore, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Juliette Binoche, Sidney Poitier, Sharon Stone, Cindy Lauper and the Japanese and Egyptian Ambassadors to France.

Named a “chef to watch” in 2007 and “Chef of the Year 2008” by John Mariani in Esquire magazine, Chef Crenn’s vision at Lucé at the InterContinental San Francisco is to create a menu that emphasizes high-end artisanal, sustainable, and seasonal New American cuisine with wonderfully unexpected and diverse influences.  Showcasing her own unique brand of inventive, market-driven fare, the chef de cuisine firmly stands by her belief that imagination and originality are the most important aspects of cooking and applies that directly to her culinary offerings at Lucé. “Having had the opportunity to observe and learn from some of the most beautiful cultures in the world throughout my life, I reflect these experiences in my cuisine by marrying diverse flavors and natural ingredients together to please the palate,” asserts Crenn. With her distinctive French-Moroccan heritage, gastronomic flair and enigmatic personality, Crenn is destined to make her mark on San Francisco’s culinary scene.

Lucé was named one of twenty “Best New Restaurants” in Esquire Magazines’ October 2008 issue, selected by Robb Report Magazine’s editors as one of seven restaurants named “Best of the Best 2009” and received a Michelin star from the esteemed Michelin Guide in 2009. Crenn also appeared on the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and was most recently on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America where she battled and won against Iron Chef Michael Symon.

Crenn is also a passionate advocate of using organic, sustainable local produce and ingredients in her food. She is the founder and driving force behind “A Moveable Feast”, a series of six dinners over six months pairing two prominent local chefs with the produce from a local farm, and honoring CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. The launch event was held at Lucé, and a percentage of proceeds from the dinners were donated to CUESA.

Donna Pierce
Contributing Editor, Skillet Diaries

Donna Pierce is a national award-winning food and travel journalist, Contributing Editor for Upscale Magazine and the former Assistant Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director for the Chicago Tribune. She grew up with deep roots in Mobile, Alabama, where her family lived for five generations before her parents moved to Missouri.

Donna lived in San Francisco and Los Angeles before a return to Missouri where she was an adjunct instructor and Food Editor for the University of Missouri Journalism School.

She has traveled to Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean exploring the roots of African American culinary traditions. She is a former board member of the Southern Foodways Association, a current board member of the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a member of the Association of Food Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the James Beard Foundation.

Pierce, a Chicago resident for a decade, is the founder of BlackAmericaCooks.com and SkilletDiaries.com. She is working on the launch of The Skillet Project, a nonprofit organization uniting elders and children with the goal of healthy eating.

Dorie Greenspan
Called a ‘culinary guru’ by The New York Times and inducted into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Dorie Greenspan is the author of ten cookbooks; her latest, Around My French Table, was just published. A four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner for her cookbooks and magazine articles, and the winner of the IACP’s Cookbook of the Year Award, Dorie has collaborated with many celebrated chefs, among them Julia Child (Dorie wrote the book, Baking with Julia) and Pierre Hermé, France’s most famous pastry chef. She is a long-time contributor to Bon Appétit, a contributing editor to Parade and a frequent guest on NPR’s All Things Considered. Her last book, Baking From My Home to Yours, inspired the creation of Tuesdays with Dorie, a weekly online baking club that has been ongoing for almost 4 years. A similar group, French Fridays with Dorie, was just created to cook through Around My French Table. Dorie’s own blog, which she started more than 3 years ago, was named one of the top 50 food blogs in the world by The Times of London.
Elaine Wu (aka VirgoBlue)

Elaine's career path has been anything but conventional. She worked for MTV Asia and then became a radio producer and disc jockey by the time she was 19. She went on to work in marketing and promotions for Cumulus Radio (formerly Susquehanna) before becoming a writer, producer, and on-air lifestyle correspondent for "Evening Magazine" on the CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV, in San Francisco. She received three Emmy Award nominations for her work on the show.

In 2004, she left broadcasting for the corporate world, working for financial software giant, Intuit, where she managed their external customer word-of-mouth programs and spearheaded their internal social media communication strategies. It was while she was working with various social media platforms that she decided to start her own blog about one of her personal passions: food (http://virgoblue.wordpress.com). In 2009, she became the marketing and communications manager for BlogHer, the largest online community of women bloggers.

Elaine was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, spent her teenage years in Hong Kong, and is trilingual (English, Cantonese and Shanghainese). She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcasting and Asian American Studies. She and her husband have a beautiful young daughter named Alexis.

Elana Amsterdam
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Elana's Pantry is the creation of gluten-free guru and wellness expert Elana Amsterdam. Elana shares weekly recipes, ingredient selection, food purchasing, and preparation tips with the readers of her book, articles and visitors to her website, www.elanaspantry.com (100,000 unique hits per month/1 million page views per month).

She has written for publications including The Denver Post, Shape Magazine, Parents Magazine, and has been featured in a variety of publications including Crain’s New York Business, Fortune Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on CNN and MSNBC.

Her book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, was published by Random House in July 2009. The book is now in its 4th printing just over a year after its release.

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer publishes the popular and award-winning food blog Simply Recipes. Six years ago, after a twenty year career in technology marketing consulting, Elise created Simply Recipes to keep a record of what she was learning from cooking with her parents. What started as a hobby during the last economic recession has grown to reach over 3 million site visitors a month, and now Elise manages it as her full-time profession. These days Elise spends most of each day cooking, taking photographs of food, and answering reader questions.  She knows it's not her life's purpose to be an online Betty Crocker, but that doesn't matter, she's having fun with it.

Elise also founded and runs Food Blog Search, a custom search engine that you can use to search thousands of food blogs for recipes.

You can find Elise on Twitter @simplyrecipes.

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer publishes the popular and award-winning food blog Simply Recipes. Ten years ago, after a twenty year career in technology marketing consulting, Elise created Simply Recipes to keep a record of what she was learning from cooking with her parents. What started as a hobby during the last economic recession has grown to reach over 10 million site visitors a month, and now Elise manages it as her full-time profession. These days Elise spends most of each day cooking, taking photographs of food, and answering reader questions. She knows it's not her life's purpose to be an online Betty Crocker, but that doesn't matter, she's having fun with it. Elise also founded Food Blog Alliance, a group-authored site for tutorials and tips for food bloggers.  You can find Elise on Twitter @simplyrecipes, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/simplyrecipes, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/elisebauer, and on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/simplyrecipes.

Gaby Dalkin
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Gaby Dalkin is the chef, food stylist and founder behind www.whatsgabycooking.com, which specializes in simple and sassy gourmet. While she was professionally trained in French technique, she enjoys cooking all kinds of cuisine -- from California spa, to Comforting Italian, and her personal favorite, anything that involves guacamole! Cooking has always been Gaby’s way of showing her friends that she cares and throwing casual dinner parties is one of her favorite pastimes. She began WhatsGabyCooking.com in 2008 as a way to share her stories about food with friends and family and it quickly turned into a place for anyone visit to find a quick and delicious idea for a meal.

In 2009, Gaby also founded the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale, an annual event where food bloggers from across the country come together to hold bake sales in their states and allow readers the opportunity to taste the baked goods from their favorite food blogs. Funds raised through the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

Gaby works as a personal chef in Malibu, CA where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities, professional athletes and people with busy lifestyles who LOVE good food.

Georgia Pellegrini

Georgia has a down-home attitude when it comes cooking. Using artisanal methods that harken back to Grandma’s kitchen, she prepares dishes from wild foods, which she hunts and gathers herself. She's worked in two of America’s best farm-to-table restaurants, as well as in one of the premier destination restaurants in Provence, France. It was there that she decided it was time to really get at the heart of where our food comes from and head to the source -- Mother Nature. She set her sites on the cutting edge of culinary creativity intent on pushing the boundaries of American gastronomy, from field to stream to table.  Her new book,“Food Heroes,” has just arrived in stores. It tells the story of 16 culinary artisans across the globe who are fighting to preserve their food traditions. She currently roams the world, hunting, tasting good food and meeting the good people who make it. You can read more about her work at www.GeorgiaPellegrini.com and ESPN Outdoors "The Kitchen."

Hank Shaw

I write. I fish. I dig earth, forage widely, live for food and hunt wild animals. I think daily about new ways to cook and eat anything that walks, flies, swims, crawls, skitters, jumps – or grows. Who the hell am I? I am a former line cook, I’ve caught fish and dug clams for a living and, after 18 years as a political reporter, I now pay the bills writing and catering around Northern California. My work has been published in, among other places, Food & Wine, Field & Stream, The Art of Eating and Gastronomica, and my first book, "Honest Food: Finding the Forgotten Feast," is scheduled for a spring 2011 release with Rodale Press.

Helene Dujardin

Helene Dujardin is a former pastry chef with a Masters in History who grew up in Provence, and moved to Charleston, SC in the late 90s where she now works full time as a food photographer and food stylist. Her photography is an expression of her passion for seasonal fresh ingredients, as well as life, people and places. Helen dedicates herself to the art of food photography and food styling and has been a featured lecturer at several conferences around the country as well as leading or participating in several photography workshops.

She is a regular contributor to such publications as Garden & Gun, Charleston Magazine, Charleston Home as well as working with publishers such as International Focus Press, Larks and Gibbs Publishers.

She has photographed two cookbooks to date while keeping her award winning blog Tartelette (www.mytartelette.com) consistently filled with mouth watering recipes and photographs.

Jaden Hair

Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen. You can watch her cook twice a month on Daytime Show, syndicated in 120 markets. Jaden is a food columnist for Discovery’s TLC and for Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook, which launched Fall 2009. 

She has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Oprah.com, and Parents Magazine. Jaden was recently named one of the hottest women in food (blush) and also one of the best food bloggers on Forbes.com.  

Jaden is a mom of two little boys, Andrew and Nathan, who love to eat almost as much as she does! Her latest adventure is a 5-acre community farm to be built in October.

Jennifer Maiser

I am the editor of EatLocalChallenge.com, a place to share experiences sourcing locally grown and produced food. I am a San Francisco resident, and have encouraged thousands of people to pledge to eat locally since first hosting an online "Eat Local Challenge" in 2005. The site has been cited in dozens of publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Time, the Associated Press, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, the New York Times website, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Chicago Sun-Times and Boston Globe. Additionally, "The 10 Reasons to Eat Local Food" has been republished in over 100 locations.

My online life began in September 2003 with a website, Life Begins at 30, where I began to voice my passion for local, fresh food and politics. It has since morphed into a personal site for my food musings and photography.

I am a regular contributor to KQED's Bay Area Bites and Serious Eats and can usually be found perusing farmers markets around the Bay Area.

I'm honored to be on the BlogHer Food Politics panel alongside some folks who I respect and admire. I look forward to a spirited dialogue and learning from the audience.

Jennifer Perillo
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Jennifer Perillo is a consulting food editor at Working Mother magazine, contributor to Relish Magazine and recipe developer and contributor for Cuisinart. Her focus is on delivering "everyday" recipes, made with real ingredients. Perillo, a busy mom herself, creates recipes at In Jennie’s Kitchen that do not require fancy gadgets and can be accomplished by homecooks of all skill levels.

Before turning her love and passion for food into words, Perillo ran her own personal chef business, Time to Eat, and honed her hospitality skills working "front of house" for Tom Colicchio and Alain Ducasse. Nowadays, you'll find her juggling spatulas and sippy cups in her Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn test kitchen with her husband and two young daughters.

Jennifer Yu

Jennifer Yu is a freelance nature, food, and portrait photographer based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado - but she didn't start out that way.  Debating a swtich in career paths at the end of 2007, a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments throughout 2008 nudged her to make the leap to photography and freelance work.  In her spare time, Jennifer maintains her food blog use real butter. She hikes, mountain bikes, mountaineers, and telemark skis - she logged 28 ski days during chemotherapy in 2008.  Jennifer firmly believes in living life to the fullest.  A former NASA engineer, Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in geology from Cornell University and a B.S. in engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Joshua Stark
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Born and raised in a small town in the Sacramento Delta, Joshua Stark has been at one time or another an educator, ag. man, pest detector, environmental advocate, lobbyist, and state park interpreter. He currently posts to three blogs on ethics and the environment, home agrarianism, and lands on the margin.

Agrarianista is Josh's attempts at chronicling a life of part-time urban homesteading:  living off the products provided by a garden, ducks, and a few trees on their 1/10th of an acre property (including home), foraging, hunting, fishing, and finding other ways to be useful to family and community. 

Justin Schwartz

Justin Schwartz is a senior cookbook editor for John Wiley & Sons, where he has edited books such as the New York Times bestselling So Easy by Food Network star Ellie Krieger, the IACP Book-of-the-Year award-winning Fish Forever by Paul Johnson, and books with acclaimed chefs and TV stars such as Mark Peel, Michael White, Su-Mei Yu, Marcel Desaulniers, Aaron McCargo from Big Daddy’s House on Food Network, Mike Colameco from PBS, and countless others. Previously Justin worked for publishers including William Morrow, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster and acquired and edited books such as the IACP and James Beard award-winning 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles, the Beard award-winning Vegetables by James Peterson, and the IACP and Beard award-winning and best-selling classic How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. The author of Veg Out: Vegetarian Guide to New York City and The Marshmallow Fluff Cookbook, Justin has edited and produced articles for magazines such as Fine Cooking and has been featured in publications such as the New York Daily News and Food & Wine magazine. Justin enjoys dining out, cooking at home, and amateur food photography, and he writes a food blog called Justcook NYC, which can be seen at www.justinschwartz.com or http://justcooknyc.blogspot.com.

Kathy Strahs
Founder, Panini Happy

Kathy Strahs channels her passions for cooking and online media into two food blogs:  Panini Happy, with over 200 creative grilled sandwich recipes and other innovative uses for the panini maker, and Cooking On the Side, featuring the recipes she finds printed on food packaging. Her first cookbook will be published by the Harvard Common Press in 2013.

Kathy’s work has been featured in Pillsbury Magazine, San Diego Family Magazine and the Associated Press, on the New York Times, Saveur, TLC and Food News Journal websites and highlighted in The Wall Street Journal. She has been listed among the Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers by Babble.com for several years. She has also served as an Executive Judge for the Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles, World Food Championships in Las Vegas and a number of San Diego County Fair cooking competitions.

Kathy entered the food world following a career in online marketing and advertising for several well known consumer brands. A Silicon Valley native and proud alumna of Stanford University, she now lives in beautiful San Diego, California with her husband Mike and their two preschoolers.

Kristen Doyle
Dine & Dish

Kristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish. Since early 2006, Kristen has been sharing her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever growing audience of engaged readers.

Kristen has expanded her reach to include working with major brands (Bush’s Beans, Green Mountain Coffee, Hallmark, Zatarain’s…just to name a few) as well as providing editorial content and direction for nationwide print publications and websites. Her freelance writing career spans working with magazines on a local and national level as well as creating valuable web content for a variety of sites across the web.

Kristen is a busy mom of 4 young kids, loves to entertain, has a passion for photography, and believes in keeping things simple. An avid reader, a kind of runner, a horrible gardener, and the wife of an outstanding man, her ultimate life goal is to connect and create meaningful relationships with others.

Kristin Hyde

Passionate about empowering consumers with accurate information on controversial issues, Kristin is a natural networker with a proven talent for attracting prominent voices and timely media coverage to good causes. She has the highly unusual credentials of knowing both sides of the political aisle, working both inside and outside of government during her ten years in DC: on Capitol Hill and at the White House, as well as for progressive nonprofit organizations including the Sierra Club. Prior to co-founding Good Food Strategies, Kristin also established the Western states offices of Resource Media, leading media and communications initiatives on national and local issues.  

At Good Food Strategies, Kristin has spearheaded successful media and policy change campaigns including an initiative to boost public appreciation of local farms in Snohomish County; an innovative marketing campaign using student-produced bus ads to get King County kids turned on to healthy foods; and a campaign to pass the Local Farms Healthy Kids Act, which will bring more locally grown food into Washington state schools. Most recently, Kristin helped Good Food Strategies win a competitive grant from the McCormick Foundation's New Media Women Entrepreneurs program, administered by the Institute for Interactive Journalism, J-Lab, at American University; this initiative will launch an online tool to leverage the hunger for better information about food, engaging consumers in important food and farm policy issues.  Kristin lives in Seattle with her girlfriend, her son, and a proud posse of backyard chickens.

Laura Beck

Laura Beck is a founding editor of the award-winning vegan lifestyle blog, Vegansaurus!, the community manager for the world's largest (and greatest!) vegetarian recipe website, VegWeb.com (www.vegweb.com), a columnist for VegNews Magazine. She can be found contributing colorful commentary and real talk to many online newspapers, journals, and blogs, including SFist, The Bold Italic and Huffington Post. She currently lives in Oakland with her cartoonist boyfriend and their adorably adorable pit bull, Hazel. Hazel was adopted through Rocket Dog Rescue, the shelter animal rescue and advocacy group where Laura serves as vice president. Laura is currently looking for wealthy people to subsidize her trips around the world in exchange for hive fives and witty repartee.

Laura Sampson

Laura Sampson has been doing right by her sons for 17 years. She lets them get bored so they can entertain themselves, routinely cooks nourishing whole foods and teaches them to do their own ironing, cooking and sewing. Laura lives in the Matanuska Susitna Valley, known as the vegetable capital of Alaska in a Colony House dating from 1935 and the 'New Deal'. She, the boys and her 'real' husband Jack attempt to grow as much of their own food as possible on their Micro-Farm. Given that the the vegetable and fruit growing season is only 90 days long this can be quite a humorous undertaking at times. They also forage, hunt, fish and raise meat and egg birds to feed their family. They put their harvest for up for winter use by canning, freezing, drying, smoking, curing and cold storing as much as they can.

Laura is an accomplished Alaska Master Gardener and has been in the soil since she was old enough to crawl, and raises all their food, meat, vegetables and fruit organically. She also loves to read, sew, knit, cross country ski, bike and hike. In her spare time Laura volunteers regularly with Birchtree Charter School, Alaska's newest Waldorf inspired Charter School, of which she is a founding member.

Most importantly she recognizes that "the days of motherhood are long but the years are short" and adjusts her attitude accordingly. Laura blogs their life and times at http://heywhatsfordinnermom.blogspot.com/  Some like to call her the Queen of All but you can just call her Laura.

 

Margo True
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Margo True is the food editor of Sunset magazine, editing and writing food and travel articles exploring the western United States, Canada, and Baja California. Before Sunset, she was the executive editor at Saveur magazine, and before that, a senior editor at Gourmet.

Margo is also the editor of the Canal House Cooking cookbook series, written, designed, and photographed by her friends and former Saveur colleagues Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton. Margo has worked on a few other food books, too, including Joan Reardon’s Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, which received the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Prize for Literary Food Writing, and Cindy Mushet’s Sur La Table book The Art and Soul of Baking (2008), which won the IACP’s baking-book award. For her own writing, she’s won several regional and national awards, including four James Beard journalism awards.

This October, The Sunset Cookbook (with more than 1,000 recipes), for which Margo was the main editor, comes out in print. She has just finished another book, tentatively titled The One-Block Feast, based on the James Beard Award-winning blog she spearheaded at Sunset in 2007, oneblockdiet.sunset.com. The book will be published by Ten Speed Press in March 2011.

 

Marisa McClellan

Writer. Canning enthusiast. Jar collector. All terms that can describe Marisa McClellan. Born under the Hollywood sign and raised in Portland, OR, she now lives in the town that William Penn built, writing about local food and teaching her fellow Philadelphians just what to do with their garden abundance.

When she isn’t manning the canning pot or haunting farmers markets, she can be found working as a Web Producer at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corportion and writing about canning at Food in Jars. She's currently working on her first book, which will be called (aptly enough) Food in Jars and will be published by Running Press in the spring of 2012.

Marla Meridith
Owner, FamilyFreshCooking

As the creator of the highly successful lifestyle blog Family Fresh Cooking, Marla has great experience in healthy recipe development, food styling, photography, social media and graphic design. She has been published in various print publications, around the web and been on TV. She has an upbeat, fresh style and personality that is captured in her vibrant, whole food recipes. She is well recognized in the field for her food, lifestyle & travel photography. Marla is the proud mother of two small children. She delicately balances a life filled with great ambitions, athletics, parenting and lots of travel. You can find Marla on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Michael Procopio
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While attending the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Michael Procopio decided he had no interest in becoming a food critic when interning at The San Francisco Chronicle. After graduation, came to a deep understanding with himself that he didn't want to become a restaurant chef either.

Michael then wandered into the backstage television kitchens of Mollie Katzen, Martin Yan, and Jacques Pepin, where he was convinced that, while he loved cooking behind-the-scenes, he thought it might be more fun to do it in front of the camera. Much later, he somehow found himself trying to make risotto on Joanne Weir's cooking show, where he learned that it was not okay to say the word "colonic" when talking about de-veining shrimp. It has been his only food-related television appearance to date. Feel free to ask him about his other national television experience, wherein he declared himself against the colorization of classic films and got to have lunch on the set of Soul Train.

In 2006, Procopio accidentally fell into blogging, when his former college roommate volunteered him to write for KQED's food blog, Bay Area Bites. Since he couldn't think of a good excuse not to, he reluctantly agreed, discovered he loved writing, and has been at it ever since.

Today, Michael keeps his own blog, (Food for the Thoughtless), where anything and everything in his life is filtered down into a recipe, whether it be cranky children, gender-misidentified parrots, or the genuine desire to ensure that alcoholics get as much nutrition from their drinks as humanly possible.

Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman (ruhlman.com) is a freelance journalist and writer, the author of nine non-fiction books and co-author of seven cookbooks, with two more scheduled for fall 2011.  His most recent book is Ratio: The Secret Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking.  He is the author of The Making of a Chef, the The Soul of a Chef , and The Reach of a Chef, co-author of The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon with Thomas Keller and Susie Heller, A Return to Cooking, with Eric Ripert, and Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing with Brian Polcyn.  His other non-fiction books include Boys Themselves, about an all-boys school, Wooden Boats, about life at a New England boatyard, Walk On Water about a surgical team specializing in the repair of neonatal and infant hearts, and House: A Memoir, a story about the importance of house and home.  He has been a freelance journalist and writer for more than fifteen years, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Gourmet, Saveur, and Food Arts, and has received IACP awards and a James Beard Award. He lives in Cleveland Heights, OH, with his wife and two children.

Molly Wizenberg

Molly Wizenberg writes the monthly column "Cooking Life" in Bon Appetit magazine, and her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller.  She is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times.  Her work has also been published in Best Food Writing 2009, Town and Country, and on NPR.org, PBS.org, NYTimes.com, and Gourmet.com. She lives in Seattle, where she and her husband Brandon Pettit own the restaurant Delancey.

Mrs. Q

Compelled by her own frustration with school meals — both as a mother and a teacher — one teacher known anonymously as “Mrs. Q” committed to eating school lunch every school day in 2010 just like her students. Mrs. Q documented her experience and described the meals by blogging, tweeting and sharing photos on her blog Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project.

Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project caught the eye of child health advocates around the United States. The country has a growing interest in childhood obesity and school lunch reform, thanks in part to programs like First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative and Chef Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution" on ABC. Mrs. Q has been interviewed on "Good Morning America" (in shadow), National Public Radio, and the Gayle King Radio Show. Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project has been featured on abcnews.com, AOL Health, Yahoo!, msnbc.com, cnn.com, and in USA Today.

Now that the year of school lunch is over, Mrs. Q is looking forward to the release of the book she wrote about her experience entitled appropriately Fed Up With Lunch. It is scheduled to be published late summer 2010. Mrs. Q continues to use her blog as a gathering place for people concerned about children’s food and health with her blog's audience of parents, nutritionists, doctors, chefs, and "foodies.” She is married, the mother of a toddler, and lives and teaches in Illinois.

Nadia G

Nadia G. (Giosia) is the creator and host of the new Cooking Channel series Bitchin’ Kitchen. An early pioneer of the online entertainment industry, Nadia G ran her own boutique 2.0 design/branding studio, but always felt something was missing – the food! So she decided to have her cake… and design it, brand it, write it, produce it and eat it too. In 2007 Bitchin’ Kitchen debuted as a three minute mobile show, in 2010 Bitchin' Kitchen became the first online lifestyle entertainment brand to successfully transition from internet to primetime.

Bitchin’ in the US & Canada
This October, Bitchin Kitchen will make its’ primetime American debut on Cooking Channel. An instant hit on Food Network Canada, Bitchin’ Kitchen is not your average cooking show. Armed with a crew of misfit food correspondents, a tea towel made of chain mail, fresh organic ingredients and a sharp tongue, Nadia G. whips up the perfect blend of food and humor. In each episode she shares accessible, inspiring recipes to suit nearly any life situation, from breaking up to making up – all peppered with her signature ‘Nadvice.’  

Nadia G’s Homegrown Food Philosophy
Fearlessness, patience, creativity and love are Nadia G.’s secret ingredients and her kitchen code to success! Trained at the culinary institute of Hard Wooden Spoon Whacks, her passion for food and cooking came from growing up in a boisterous Italian family consisting of cooks and caterers who never quite gave up the belief that Casalinga-style cuisine is the centre of the universe. Nadia G. is home-schooled, DIY and proud of it. She says “You don’t have to look far to taste some of the best food the world has to offer. I’d pit my grandmother against a 3-star Michelin chef any day.”

Cooking at Home – Bitchin’ Style
Nadia G.’s best-selling book The Bitchin’ Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen and Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess (skirt!, 2009) is more than just a cookbook. Providing delectable recipes and hilarious anecdotes, the book shows how even the most novice cooks can recreate the Bitchin’ Kitchen cuisine. In addition to being a chef-comedienne, Nadia G. also has a fierce sense of style. Bright red lips, wild hairstyles and sexy heels are the name of her game. In an effort to share her style with fans, Nadia G. designed a variety of items for the Bitchin’ Boutique. For the kitchen vixen, she offers zebra and leopard print aprons with matching garters, a guitar shaped spatula, hot pink diva dish gloves and rockin’ Bitchin' Kitchen tees. As Nadia G. says “It’s all about making cooking fun, and inspiring a new generation to rock their kitchen!"

Just Bitchin’  
When not racking up the accolades and awards such as nextMedia's Interactive award for the ‘Hottest Emerging Digital Brand in Canada,’ or the 2007 Wave Award for favorite mobile comedy series (she beat out Conan O’Brien!),  Montreal-native Nadia G. enjoys writing comedy songs and working on her rock solid abs.

Nancy Baggett

Nancy Baggett is a food writer for many publications and an award winning author of 14 cookbooks, including several IACP and James Beard award recipients. Her most recent work is Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free No-Knead Breads, published in 2009 by Wiley.

 Nancy is a long-time contributor to Eating Well magazine and the Washington Post food section and has written about food for many other top periodicals including Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Vegetarian Times. She blogs on her own site, www.kitchenlane.com and occasionally contributes to an on-line column, “Comfort Food,” for The Washington Post food blog at  http://voices.washingtonpost.com/all-we-can-eat/comfort_food/. She is a frequent television and radio guest and popular conference speaker. She has presented dozens of highly rated cookbook and food writing workshops at cooking schools, food symposiums, and culinary conferences such as the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Naomi Starkman

Naomi Starkman is a founder and editor of CivilEats.com, a food politics blog which promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities. She is a food policy consultant to Consumers Union and others. Naomi co-produces Kitchen Table Talks, a local food forum in San Francisco, is a board member of 18 Reasons, a nonprofit connecting community through food, and is on the Circle of Friends Council for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers.  She served as the Director of Communications & Policy at Slow Food Nation ’08 and has worked as a media consultant at The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ and WIRED magazines. She was previously a senior publicist at Newsweek magazine and was the Director of Communications for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). From 1997 to 2000, she served as Deputy Executive Director of the S.F. Ethics Commission. Naomi works with various clients on food policy and advocacy and is an aspiring organic grower, having worked on several farms.

Natanya Anderson

Natanya Anderson is the VP of Content at Powered, Inc, a full-service social marketing agency. She blogs for fun and as an outlet for her creative juices at Fete & Feast, a blog devoted to making entertaining easy for anyone who wants to throw a great party, and Austin Food Lovers' Companion, a guide to all things food and drink in Austin, Texas. Natanya is lucky enough to live and breath great content all day, everyday, in both her day job and her blogging hobby. She is focused on creating user-centric content that makes people smarter and helps them have fun along the way.

Natanya Anderson
Director, Social Media, Whole Foods Market

Natanya Anderson is the Director of Social Media at Whole Foods Market as well as the President of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, a non-profit organization established to promote blogger philanthropy and education. Prior to joining Whole Foods Market, she was the Vice President of Content and Community at Austin-based Powered, Inc., a social marketing agency.

Ms. Anderson has been working with social and new media for over a decade with a focus on both strategy and execution, helping organizations across a wide spectrum change the way they engage and communicate with their customers and other constituents. She is well versed in all areas of social media but has built a focused practice in the development and delivery of community and social content programs. By participating in social media as a food blogger, Ms. Anderson blends her passion for food and entertaining with her intense interest in social media and as a result is able to provide an in-the-trenches view of social media to help guide the Whole Foods social media strategy and operations. As a founding member of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, Ms. Anderson is helping shape the future of social content creation as well as brand/blogger relations. 

Ms. Anderson blogs about cooking and entertaining at Fete & Feast (feteandfeast.com) and the joy of being an epicurean in Austin at the Austin Food Lovers’ Companion (austinfoodlovers.com). Follow her on twitter at@natanyap.

novella carpenter
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Novella Carpenter has been urban farming since 1998. She started in Seattle with chickens, bees, and vegetables; when she moved to the East Bay in 2003 with her boyfriend Billy, they took on turkeys, rabbits, ducks, and pigs. Their adventures in urban farming are detailed in her first book, Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer (Penguin, 2009). She studied with Michael Pollan at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and started blogging while taking classes there in 2006.

Penny De Los Santos
Photographer

Penny De Los Santos is an award-winning photographer who has spent the past several years photographing food culture around the world. Penny is a Senior Contributing Photographer for Saveur Magazine, and has been sent to over 35 countries on assignment. She is also a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine.

Rebecca Crump
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Rebecca Crump is a Nashville-based writer and food blogger. She spent 10 years as a professional writer and editor before driving by a bakery's "Help Wanted" sign and being hired on the spot as the baker's apprentice. She worked her way up to head pastry chef and then promptly fell in love, got married and moved to a new city, where she started food blogging as something to do "in the meantime." Last year, her blog, Ezra Pound Cake, was named one of the "Top 10 Writer's Websites of 2009" by Writer's Digest. Paste Magazine calls her one of the top "25 Foodies to Follow on Twitter." She blogs about her life and what she's cooking at EzraPoundCake.com.

Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond is a writer, photographer, ranch wife, homeschooler, and the creator of the blog The Pioneer Woman, which she started in 1996 in her pajamas. Named Weblog of the Year at the 2011, 2010 and 2009 Bloggie™ Awards, ThePioneerWoman.com has been the launching pad for a multi-media career that includes a hit Food Network television show of the same name and four The New York Times Best Sellers across three genres. Her next book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays — 135 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations will be released in October, 2013. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma with her husband "Marlboro Man" and their four children.

S.j. Sebellin-Ross

A culinary school trained food journalist, restaurant critic, and author, S.j. has written for leading publications including The Washington Post, Parenting Magazine, The New York Times, Cooking Smart, Reader's Digest, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Toronto Star, and Chatelaine. She has been translated into countless languages including Mandarin, French, Russian, Arabic, and Italian and has been read worldwide. S.j. is also author of a top-selling copywriting book and contributing author and recipe writer for the popular cookbook “Hungry for Home.” She also teaches writing at North American colleges and universities including Duke University, Ryerson University, and University of California and speaks before organizations such as The Association of Journalists. These days, she is most recently found either hunched over her computer, writing cookbook reviews or food articles, or ordering too much food at the latest and greatest restaurant and surreptitiously taking notes for her newest review.

Sean Timberlake

Sean Timberlake is a professional writer, amateur foodie, avid traveler, and all-around bon vivant. He is the founder of Punk Domestics, a content and community site for DIY food enthusiasts, and has penned the blog Hedonia since 2006. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, DPaul Brown, and their hyperactive terrier, Reese.

Shauna James Ahern
Writer/Baker/Photographer

Like millions of humans in the world, I have to live gluten-free. I have celiac disease, although I chafe at the word disease. Being diagnosed with celiac changed my life, in ways that I could never stop listing. Now, I am no longer low energy, prone to falling ill, or depressed. Now, I am free. Now, I am alive.

And I don’t miss gluten at all.

Srivalli Jetti

Srivalli’s tryst with cooking came when she wanted to bake Pizzas and Cakes. Cheesy treats and icy cakes were more fancied. Then marriage impressed upon her the need to venture into traditional Indian cooking. The many evenings she had seen her Mom cook their dinner came to rescue. She had learnt the art without really knowing.

Armed with the personal notes and the many cookbooks her Mom has collected over years, and learning directly under her Mom, Srivalli experimented with Indian Spices and methods. She was able to arrive at simple flavorful everyday food. Her blog “Cooking 4 all Seasons”, is a culinary journey filled with food memories, anecdotes, and stories of her kids.

This new found love has paved a wonderful way in cooking and won amazing accolades from her readers, friends and family. This lead to creating a new space "Spice your Life" dedicated to Indian Vegetarian Food, focusing on Kid Friendly Dishes and Healthy Diet. She shares her father’s passion to bring more awareness to common ailments like Diabetes. Her father, who is a medical doctor, contributes to the blog’s Health Notes on Diabetes.

It is more like a family run blog with her mother, mother-in-law passionately pinching in to share their secrets, while her husband offers to click pictures occasionally for the blog. Srivalli is currently working on her cookbook, which is on Simple Indian Cooking helpful for working people, titled after her blog Cooking 4 all Seasons.

Stephanie Manley

Stephanie Manley is publisher of http://www.CopyKat.com, and author of the newly released cookbook CopyKat.com's: Dining Out In the Home.  CopyKat.com specializes in recipes that taste just like they were cooked in the kitchens of many popular restaurants.  Stephanie has been creating recipes on the Internet since 1995.  With her experience working in restaurants and a science degree, she brought her love of going out to eat to people's home with her recipe creations.

Stephanie Stiavetti

Stephanie Stiavetti is a food writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. While she now makes her living as a culinary wordsmith, in another lifetime she spent nearly a decade working in the IT/tech field for such big names as Lucasfilm and the University of California, San Francisco. Unable to completely cast off her geek-side, she now has one foot in each camp: creative writing and blogging technology. Besides maintaining the writing career that she loves so much, Stephanie keeps her left brain in shape by acting as an internet social networking consultant. What does this mean? Basically, she gets paid to ease her clients into a comfortable social networking strategy. This includes tasks such as configuring complicated blog scripts, moving sites from one blogging platform to another, and helping people to drive traffic to their sites. She's become quite the empress of SEO and enjoys training people on the finer points on Google Analytics. I look forward to meeting you at BlogHer 2010!

Susan Russo

Susan Russo is a free lance food writer in San Diego. She publishes stories, recipes and photos on her cooking blog, Food Blogga, which is considered the "Best of the Food Blogs" by MSN's Delish.com and was featured as the "Blog of the Day" on the Julie & Julia movie website. 

Susan has two upcoming cookbooks which will be released in the fall of 2010 by Quirk Books. She is also a regular contributor to NPR’s Kitchen Window.

Susan lives, cooks, and eats in a condo in beautiful downtown San Diego. She lives with her husband Jeff, a dermatologist, who insists she always wear sunglasses and carry a sun-screen of 30 SPF at all times. When she isn't writing about her Italian-American family back in Rhode Island or life with her husband in sunny Southern California, she can be found milling around a local farmers’ market buying a lot more food than two people could possibly eat.

Susan can be found on Twitter @foodblogga.

Susan Russo

Susan Russo is a freelance food writer, cookbook author, and recipe developer. She publishes her writing, recipes, and photographs on her popular food blog, Food Blogga, which has been named a “Site We Love” by Saveur magazine, “50 Best Food Blogs” by Delish.com, and “Blog of the Day,” by the Julie and Julia website. 

Susan is a regular contributor to NPR’s Kitchen Window, where she wrote the two most viewed stories of 2009. Her work has also appeared in Cooking Light, Edible San Diego, and online sources including One For The Table.

She has two upcoming books published by Quirk Books: Recipes Every Man Should Know (Nov 2010) and The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches: Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread (Spring 2011). 

Susan enjoys hiking, searching for “Mad Men” dresses, drinking craft beer, eating meatball sandwiches, and buying purple colored produce at any of the 40 farmers’ markets in San Diego.

Tami Hardeman
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Tami is an Atlanta-based food stylist who has been styling food for nearly 7 years. As a former fashion stylist, she's merged her loves of food and photography to become nationally published - in both print and film. She's also worked on several cookbooks, most recently The Souper Jenny Cookbook by Jenny Levison. Clients include: Olive Garden, Publix, Arby's, Moe's, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Land O'Frost, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ruby Tuesday, Atlanta Magazine, Arthritis Today, Great American Cookie Company and more. When not on set styling, Tami pursues her passions of food, writing and photography on her food blog, Running With Tweezers.

Todd Porter
White On Rice Couple

Todd Porter is a Southern California based photographer and filmmaker. After 14 years in restaurant management, he found another calling in photography and film by documenting food, people, and their stories. Todd is the co-founder of EvoMultimedia.com and co-publisher of WhiteOnRiceCouple.com. He has shot for both advertising and editorial clients such as Whole Foods, Thermador, Sunset Magazine, Lucini Italia, Williams Sonoma, Food and Wine, and the Los Angeles Times.