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.

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.

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.

Baker, Snapchatter, and Author

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.

Over the course of her 10+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

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.

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.

Carolyn Jung
Freelance writer and Founder of

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Diana Johnson

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She is the creator of, and a regular contributor at 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.

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.

Dianne Jacob
Will Write for Food
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Dianne Jacob is the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes and More. She also writes a blog aimed at food bloggers at Follower her on twitter @diannej. Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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, (100,000 unique hits per month/1 million page views per month).

Simply Recipes

Elise Bauer founded Simply Recipes in 2003 and has grown it into one of the most visited recipe websites in the world. A pioneer in the area of food blogging, Elise has mentored hundreds of bloggers and inspired thousands to follow their dreams and build careers doing what they love. Elise sold Simply Recipes in April 2016 to Fexy Media, owners of Serious Eats and Road Food, and is continuing to lead and build the company.


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.

Chef, cookbook author, and California girl
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Chef, cookbook author, and California girl
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Gaby Dalkin is a cookbook author, private chef, and food/lifestyle blogger based in Los Angeles. Her website, What’s Gaby Cooking, is a playful, fun, inspiring, sun-soaked destination for everyone who aspires to live the California Girl life. Over on What's Gaby Cooking, she's all about being healthy, fit, and adventurous, but also real. She loves a juice cleanse, but she'll never say no to a grilled cheese.

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Maiser

I am the editor of, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Publisher, cookbook author, and blogger

Kathy Strahs is the author of The Lemonade Stand Cookbook, The 8x8 Cookbook, and The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, and the voice behind the blogs,, and

A former marketer with an MBA from Stanford, Kathy founded Burnt Cheese Press, a food-focused independent publishing company, in 2015. Its first release, The 8x8 Cookbook, received the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Gold Award for Best First Book-Nonfiction.

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.

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.

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, (, a columnist for VegNews Magazine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Procopio
Food for The Thoughtless
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Michael Procopio
Food for The Thoughtless
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Michael Procopio has been writing his blog Food for The Thoughtless since 2008. His blog has lost several major writing awards since that time. He consoles himself with gin.

Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman ( 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

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,,, and

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.

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

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.

Naomi Starkman

Naomi Starkman is a founder and editor of, 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.

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.

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

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.

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, 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.

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.

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

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.

Stephanie Manley

Stephanie Manley is publisher of, and author of the newly released cookbook's: Dining Out In the Home. 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?

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 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 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, and “Blog of the Day,” by the Julie and Julia website. 

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.

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 and co-publisher of