BlogHer Food '11 Speakers

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Alice Currah
Alice Currah is the writer, photographer, and author behind the popular food blog and cookbook of the same name. In 2010 Forbes named Alice as 'One of Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers' and she also won Saveur's first ever cover photography contest. Her writing and photos have appeared in numerous media outlets online and in print including Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Huffington Post, and many more. She also writes a weekly column for PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers. In her spare time she enjoys eating around town and spending time with her family. She lives in Seattle, WA with her three children and husband.
Alicia C. Simpson

Alicia C. Simpson has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She is the author of Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food. Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations and the forthcoming Quick and Easy LOW-CAL Vegan Comfort Food due out January 2012. Alicia is also the creator of the popular blogs Vegan Guinea Pig and The Lady and Seitan. Alicia lives in Atlanta.

Alisa Fleming
Author, Writer, and Recipe Developer
Alisa Fleming is the founder of, the world’s largest informational website on dairy-free living, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Beyond Go Dairy Free, Alisa keeps a personal recipe blog at, is a special diet freelance writer for several publications, and does “free-from” recipe development for natural food manufacturers. Her specialties extend to other dietary needs such as soy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan.
Alison Lewis
Ingredients, Inc.
Alison Lewis is a nationally known Recipe Developer, Cookbook Author, Television & Media Food Spokesperson and Consultant, Mom Food and Fitness Blogger, Food Educator, Nutritionist, and President and Owner of Ingredients, Inc., a Food Consulting company in Birmingham, Alabama since 2001. She is known for creating healthy, family-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare on her food and lifestyle blog, Her first cookbook, "400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments: was released April 2011, and it will be sold internationally by Robert Rose Books. Alison's work has appeared in magazines such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Oxygen, Clean Eating Magazine, Diabetic Living, Yum Food and Birmingham magazine. She also represents a long list of food clients. Alison completed Professional Media Training from the Lisa Ekus Group in 2008, and she has a wealth of television cooking experience, appearing regularly on television in Birmingham and on regional television stations in the south. Previously, Alison was an Editor on the Food Staff at Southern Living Magazine and Oxmoor House Books for 7 years after completing degrees in Marketing, Advertising and Nutrition. She attended culinary classes at The Culinary Institute in New York and Greystone and The Institute of Culinary Education in New York. A mother of three children and avid runner, Alison enjoys yoga and spending time with her family in her free time.
Amelia Pane Schaffner
Travel & food writer, photographer, Italian

I travel. I cook. I photograph. I entertain. I grow my own produce...And I write all about it. On my food blog: My non-food related photos are at
My work has been featured - among other places - in the Food News Journal, on Edible magazines, in Splendora, and on a local TV channel. I am a contributor to Honest Cooking. I am working on my first book. A few of my recipe creations have won recipe contests. I focus on high quality ingredients, carefully photographed and presented food. I mainly write about Italian stories, travel, food, but not only. The world is my plate. I love making dessert!
I really like basil, lemon zest, espresso, honey, and anything smoked or salt-cured.
I do not like oysters, goat cheese, tripe, and Sauerkraut
To pay for all my fun passions, I work for a global fortune 500 company, helping companies develop strategies, all over the world. I am also a busy parent of 2 primary school boys. And I am married to a lovely inventor with whom I love dancing, especially to 70s music!
Oh, did I mention I am 100% Italian, by birth, lifestyle, spirit and taste?

Amy Johnson
A former art director in the advertising and marketing field, Amy Johnson now uses her creative prowess to share her life in vivid detail on her blog, She Wears Many Hats. Living in upstate South Carolina with her two children and loving husband, she is able to fully explore her passion for food both in the dirt and on the plate, bringing the fruits of her garden labor to culinary life at the dinner table. Hers is a story of the everyday and all the bits in between, switching out the hats she wears as she fulfills her wanderlust, researches honeybees for the backyard or tells a tale of motherhood, all while documenting it with bright photographs and lyrical prose. Amy has worked closely with several companies on coordinated campaigns, has represented nationwide products as a brand ambassador and writes regularly on The Tasty Kitchen blog. You can also find her with her cohorts at Go Savor, a site dedicated to finding the best restaurants and dishes around and then bringing food writers and photographers together to experience them with culinary retreats. Amy spends her down time between the pages of a good book or enjoying a sweet serenade from her husband and his guitar. She also has really nice ears.
Andrew Wilder

Andrew has loved real food long before the term "foodie" existed, and recently decided to make healthful living and eating a primary focus in his life. In early 2009 he had his "ah-ha!" moment, and started eating better and exercising regularly. It instantly started improving his life, and he wouldn't shut up about it.

Following his passion, he left a career in lighting design and started Eating Rules to help others find the same joy in healthful food. He emphasizes that although health and nutrition information is complicated, eating delicious, healthful food doesn't have to be.

Last fall, Andrew led more than 400 people in October: Unprocessed, all pledging to eat no processed foods whatsoever for the month. In addition to his blog, he's working on ending Food Deserts in Los Angeles and bringing healthier food to a popular summer camp on Catalina Island.

Aran Goyoaga
Food Writer, Stylist and Photographer
Aran Goyoaga
Food Writer, Stylist and Photographer

Aran Goyoaga is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the award winning blog Cannelle Et Vanille. Named second best food blog in the world by the UK Times, Best food Photography in a Blog by Fine Cooking magazine, and one of Gwyneth Paltrow's favorites food blogs amongst others. Her blog is part of Martha Stewart's Martha's Circle of selected blogs. Some of her clients include ELLE Sweden, Hamptons Magazine, Mama, Ticings, Storey Publishing, Cravings Magazine, Cookies for Babies and many others. Her first cookbook Small Plates and Sweet Treats - my family's journey to gluten free cooking will be out November 2012 by Little, Brown & Company.

Asata Reid
Chef, Writer & Culinary Educator
Life Chef Chef/Journalist Asata Reid started the culinary-education programs of Life Chef to help fill the gap between what you should be eating and the dilemma of how to eat healthfully. Life Chef is making the world a healthier place, one plate at a time. Join Chef Asata in the delicious, life-affirming revolution where we cook with joy, dine with pleasure and celebrate life! Chef Chef Asata completed her degree in Culinary Arts from the International School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2000, and has been a professional chef for nearly a decade in some of Atlanta’s top-rated restaurants and in luxurious private homes. The list of notable restaurants where she has practiced her culinary artistry includes Dish Restaurant, the Food Studio and Nikolai’s Roof (both recipients of the AAA Four Diamond Award) and the vegan restaurant Lush. Asata has also catered through Bold American Catering and with an upscale staffing company for private estates in Atlanta. As a private chef, Asata specialized in healthful creations and the specific dietary needs and wants of her high-end clientele. Asata teaches cooking classes for teens and adults at The Cooks Warehouse in Atlanta. She has been a member of the Sevananda Natural Foods Co-Op in Atlanta since 2006, where she teaches the monthly What’s Cooking natural food cooking classes since 2008. Asata has lead monthly Life Chef classes at St. Philip AME Church in Atlanta and has been a regular contributor to food-based websites and She currently furthers the Meatless Monday revolution by contributing to’s Health section, and promotes food activism and reform through social media by using Facebook and Twitter. She also hosts corporate and community cooking demos through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, and has held cooking demos at the Green Market at Piedmont Park, the East Atlanta Village Farmer’s Market, the National Black Arts Festival, the Alive Expo, the Awaken Expo and many corporate, government and community establishments including Coca Cola, the Quaker Oats Company, Piedmont National, Henry County Board of Directors, Lovejoy high school, the City of Atlanta, Henry County Government, Heidelburg USA, Pepsico, Hillcrest Church of Christ and others. Writer Asata was a staff writer at Cross Roads News (with a weekly readership of almost 100,000) and copy editor for Upscale Magazine (“affluent lifestyle” for over one million African Americans), and her work is included in the anthology Who’s Your Mama: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers with Foreword by Rebecca Walker (Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint, May 2009). She is also a regular contributor to the newspaper Co-Options issued by Sevananda Natural Foods Co-Op, a monthly contributor to CrossRoads News Healthy Eating column, and a contributor to the Metro Gazette (Albany, GA). Asata Reid has written for national publications including Essence, Upscale, Song, Odyssey Colour and Rolling Out and she is the former editor-in-chief of Fierce Magazine (nominated for best new magazine by Utne Magazine 2003). She contributed to the Food Issues for Atlanta CityMag (formerly Dossier Magazine) for two consecutive years, and covered the Atlanta dining scene as the “Entrees” section writer for Rolling Out Atlanta. Asata has covered celebrity and business profiles (such as the late Coretta Scott King, Jamie Foxx, and Congressman John Lewis), many health-related issues (including obesity, lung cancer, and domestic violence) and her great passion – food. Presenter/Media Personality Recently, Chef Asata presented at Administrative Assistance Day Health Fair at the FDIC (April 2011), and the grand opening of the new Downtown Kaiser Permanente Medical Facility (April 2011), during the Get Body Beautiful Expo (Feb. 2011), CRN Health and Wellness Expo (Jan. 2011). She sat on the Food and Culture PanelComing to the Table Conference at Emory University (Sept 2010). She also presented kids’ cooking demos during the Slow Food Atlanta’s Annual Day of Action (Sept. 2010) and at the Conscious Kids Summer Camp hosted by the Children’s Wellness Network (June 2009, 2010) and the Children’s Wellness Network’s Fun Fest (June 2008). Chef Asata taught parents healthy, family-friendly meals at the Oakhurst Community Garden Healthy Eating Workshop (Aug. 2010), and since 2010 has taught parents of obese children healthy cooking tips through the Operation Zero program by Kaiser Permanente and in 2011 began supporting the Kidney BEAN program by Kaiser Permanente which supports renal patients in their healthy eating goals. She was featured in the August 7, 2010 issue of CrossRoads News, which also hosted the Back to School Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest where she was the featured guest chef. Chef Asata was the headlining chef during the National Black Arts Festival Summer Fest (July 2010), where she did daily cooking demos in the Art of Healthy Cooking pavilion, sponsored by Publix supermarkets. She was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of Flavors Magazine, and published in the Spring 2010 and Winter 2009 issues of Real Health, and in 2009 was sited in several online magazines focused on women and health as well as written about in the Emory Wheel, Atlanta Tribune and On Common Ground publications. She has appeared on Co-Op Central Radio, an online radio program, to promote her What’s Cooking series at Sevananda Natural Foods Market and has appeared as a guest on The Soul Chamber with DJ Tabone on Atlanta’s WRFG 89.3 FM. She has also produced a series of short cooking videos which can be viewed from her website or on YouTube. For a list of other groups and organizations that have benefited from Life Chef services click here. Affiliations Asata Reid is a member of Sevananda Natural Foods Co-Op, and supports the work of local farmers and local markets, and organizations such as Georgia Organics, Slow Food Atlanta and Les Dammes d’Escoffier. Chef Asata represented Sevananda Natural Foods Market on the Georgia Organics Chefs Panel (2010). She contributes to arts and community organizations such as the National Black Arts Festival, the YMCA, WABE 90.5 FM Atlanta’s station for NPR and the classics, Georgia Public Broadcasting and WRFG 89.3 FM radio free Georgia. Education Asata is a cum laude graduate of the historic Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism, class of 1996. She is also an honors graduate from the International School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Atlanta, class of 2000.
Bettina Luescher
WFP Chief Spokesperson
Bettina Luescher
WFP Chief Spokesperson

Bettina Luescher is the Chief Spokesperson for North America of the World Food Programme.

Since joining WFP in 2004 she has worked in crisis areas like Darfur, Afghanistan, Gaza, Guatemala, Haiti and the Tsunami region of Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Before joining the UN, Luescher worked for 15 years as an anchor, reporter and field producer for CNN International… based in Atlanta, Frankfurt and Berlin.

In 2002 she won a “National Headliner Award – First Place” as member of CNN’s Investigative Team for the coverage of “Attack on America – 9/11”.

Before CNN she worked for three years as an anchor for German ARD television. She started her career in radio and at a local newspaper.

Luescher studied in Muenster/Germany and at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
She has a Masters degree in Political Science, and has won two Fulbright Scholarships.

She was born in Hamm/Germany and grew up in Munich.

Caroline Campion
Food Writer and Magazine Editor
I’m a mom of two who happens to have a somewhat healthy obsession with cooking, eating, and noticing all things food. I live in New Jersey along with my husband, two children (which includes a voracious 7 year old and a chronically picky 4 year old) and my mother. When I'm not blogging on I'm also working as a magazine editor. For the last four years I've been a contributing editor at Glamour magazine, and before that I was a senior editor at GQ and the food magazine Saveur. I'll also working on my first cookbook! I'm writing it along with a friend and fellow Saveur editor and it will be published in fall 2012 with Rodale Books.
Casey Barber
Editor, Good. Food. Stories.

Casey Barber is the editor of the online magazine Good. Food. Stories., a contributing writer at ReadyMade magazine, and a freelance food writer and recipe developer who has written for Time Out New York, corporate and private clients, and other print/online publications. Casey also teaches in-home private cooking workshops and is the co-founder of Baked & Bottled, a made-to-order specialty food delivery service.

Cathy Barrow
Cathy Barrow, a landscape designer by trade, and always an enthusiastic home cook, created Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen, a food blog where seasonal and locally sourced foods are the focus. Readers follow Cathy’s experiences cooking, baking, canning and preserving the freshest foods of the season, teaching cooking classes, and visiting local farmers and producers. In January, 2011, Cathy and Kim Foster launched Charcutepalooza, a year long rollicking good time making charcuterie and sharing their experiences with nearly 400 bloggers around the world. NPR’s Morning Edition featured Cathy in a segment on canning, the Washington Post food section profiled Cathy and Charcutepalooza, her Thanksgiving stuffing was featured on The Today Show, two of her recipes will be included in the upcoming Food52 cookbook, and a her Sour Cherry Pie has earned a blue ribbon for Overall Best Pie. Cathy lives and works in Washington, DC with her acupuncturist husband, Dennis, scruffy dog, Louie, and perfect white cat, Beans.
Colette Martin
Writer and Allergen-Free Baker

Colette Martin is a cookbook author, food photographer, food allergy advocate and an expert on how to bake allergen-free. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts and the upcoming Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette understands first-hand what it means to transform her kitchen to accommodate multiple food allergies. Colette is a member of the Kids with Food Allergies advisory board.

David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz has been living in Paris for over a decade. A pastry chef who trained at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, and attended culinary and confectionary schools in France, David started his blog in 1999. David's blog includes recipes and stories highlighting the quirks, characters, and foods of France.

David Leite
Publisher | Leite's Culinaria

David Leite (pronounced leet) 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. David 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, and David is a frequent guest on the Martha Stewart Living Radio program, Living Today 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.

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 in 2001, and from 2002 to 2011. Leite’s Culinaria, which David created in 1999, won 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.

Debbie Koenig

Debbie Koenig is an award-winning food, diet, and parenting writer. She’s written for such publications as The New York Times, Parents, American Baby, Kiwi, Time Out New York Kids, Weight Watchers, and Natural Health. In January 2012 HarperCollins will publish her first cookbook, Parents Need to Eat Too: 150+ Simple, Healthy Recipes for Sleep-Deprived, Frazzled New Moms & Dads, based on a cooking class she teaches for new moms. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her omnivorous husband, Stephen, and their 4-year-old son, Harry, whose palate is, ahem, discerning in the extreme.

Diana Kuan
food writer and culinary instructor
Diana Kuan is a food writer and cooking instructor who is currently working on a Chinese cookbook for Random House/Ballantine. She grew up watching her family run Chinese restaurants and bakeries in Puerto Rico and suburban Massachusetts. After finishing a culinary arts degree in New York and working in a pastry kitchen, she packed her bags and spent two years in China, where she taught Chinese cooking to travelers and expats and began the popular food blog Appetite for China ( She has appeared on “The CBS Early Show” for a segment on street food in Beijing and on WNYC radio with Law & Order actor BD Wong to discuss favorite Chinese New Year dishes. Her writing on food and travel has appeared in publications such as The Boston Globe, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Time Out New York, and US Airways magazine. She also contributed to the coffee table book Food Journeys of a Lifetime (National Geographic, 2009). Now back in New York, she continues to publish Appetite for China while teaching cooking classes at Whole Foods and The Institute of Culinary Education.
Dianne Jacob

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,, and blog,

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 and She is working on the launch of The Skillet Project, a nonprofit organization uniting elders and children with the goal of healthy eating.

Elaine Wu
Director of Corporate Communications, Rocket Fuel
Elaine Wu
Director of Corporate Communications, Rocket Fuel

Elaine was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, though she started her career in Hong Kong first working for MTV Asia, then as a bilingual radio DJ and producer by the time she was 19. After returning to the States, she went on to work in marketing and promotions for Cumulus Radio before becoming a writer, producer and lifestyle correspondent for "Evening Magazine" on the CBS affiliate, KPIX in San Francisco. She received several 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 communications strategies. In 2009, she began managing the external communications programs for BlogHer, the largest women's blogging community online. Currently, she is the Director of Corporate Communications for Rocket Fuel.

Aside from her food blog VirgoBlue, she's also a contributor for the websites Bay Area Bites, HeardAbout, Scoutmob and BlogHer.

Elaine and her husband reside in Northern California and are parents to two young daughters.

Elissa Bernstein
17 and Baking & The Kitchen Generation
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Elissa Bernstein
17 and Baking & The Kitchen Generation
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Elissa Bernstein is a 19-year-old writer, photographer, and baker. Her blog 17 and Baking, launched in August of 2008, intertwines themes of family, home, and self-discovery with sunlit photography and sweet recipes. She is a co-founder of The Kitchen Generation, a site launched in February of 2011, which embraces young people learning and developing their culinary passions. Elissa, winner of the 2010 Best Weblog Written by a Teen Award, has been featured in AOL Food, Gourmet Live,, and The Seattle Times, as well as various other media. When she isn't craving ripe plums or composing a shot, the native Seattleite studies creative non-fiction, publishing, and print journalism in Boston.
Garrett McCord
Garrett McCord began the blog Vanilla Garlic in 2006 as a way to learn about food and a means to practice his writing. His blog has been featured in numerous websites and publications such as The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

He also writes as a contributing author on Simply Recipes and Food Blog Alliance, and is a staff writer for Edible Sacramento magazine. His food writing has also appeaered in the Sacramento News and Review, The Sacramento Bee, Sierra Style, and Sacramento Magazine. In 2008 some of his recipes were featured in the UK cookbook Great Big Vegetable Challenge. 

He is currently working on his graduate thesis analyzing the rhetoric of the Slow Food movement in his English Composition program at CSUS. He has taught and tutored high school, college, and ESL students writing for five years. 

Garrett can be found on Twitter at @GarrettMcCord.

Geoff Allen
Founder and CEO
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Geoff Allen is Founder and CEO of ZipList, a free, easy-to-use online and mobile grocery list and recipe search service, with partners ranging from AOL’s KitchenDaily to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Geoff is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of technology experience spanning product development, sales, marketing and business operations. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and formerly served as Vice President of Technology for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization International Board of Directors.
Georgia Pellegrini

Georgia is the author of the critically acclaimed book "Food Heroes," and the upcoming book "Girl Hunter." She has worked in three Michelin restaurants, in New York and in France and chronicles her adventures in gathering her ingredients from field to stream to table at Her work has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, ESPN, Daily Candy, Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Radio, Gilt City, and various other TV and radio programs. In any given city, on any given day, you can find her posted up with her laptop and a glass of rosé. 

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.

Hannah Queen
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Hannah Queen is a 20 year old photographer, baker and blogger from Georgia. In late 2008 she launched honey & jam, her blog dedicated to sharing favorite baking recipes, and her passion for photography. She is a co-founder of the site The Kitchen Generation, a place to share passion, stories, tips and tricks with other young people. Hannah has been featured in Artful Blogging Magazine, Real Simple, Gourmet Live, Foodies of the World, Food News Journal and many other places across the web.
Irvin Lin
Founder, Eat the Love

Irvin Lin is a graphic designer and art director turned IACP award-winning photographer, blue ribbon baker acclaimed food writer, experienced recipe developer and occasional social media consultant. His nationally recognized blog “Eat the Love” was a finalist in the 2011 Saveur magazine Best Food Blog Awards in the category of Best Baking and Dessert Blogs, as well as featured in numerous places like Food New Journal/Food52 News, Bon Appetit's Daily Links, The Cooking Channel, US Masterchef Magazine and PBS Food's 11 Food Blogs We Liked in 2011.

He has taught and presented at a number of conference including IACP, The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference, BlogHer Food, Foodbuzz Fest, Book Passage Travel and Photography conference and the San Francisco Social Media Club. His photography and design clients have included BevMo!, Simply Recipes, Ben & Jerry's, and Wendy's, as well as numerous other start ups and small businesses

He currently freelances, dividing his time between photography, design, recipe development and writing, as well as consulting with start-ups and individuals about the power of social media.

Jaden Hair
Steamy Kitchen

Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen. She is one of the chef stars on this season's Recipe Rehab show on ABC.

You can also watch her cook monthly on Daytime Show, syndicated in 140 markets. Jaden has been a food columnist for Discovery Health, TLC and for The Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook and the Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites.

Jenny Flake
Picky Palate
Jenny Flake is the author of the family friendly food blog titled Picky Palate where you can find at She is a self-taught home cook and an on the go mom to 2 little boys and wife to her high school sweetie. Before Jenny started writing Picky Palate she was a Registered Dental Hygienist, a Certified Pilates instructor and participated in cooking contests all over the country. She's been on Food Network's Build A Better Burger, The Ultimate Recipe Showdown, The National Chicken Cook-off and The Pillsbury Bake-Off. Creating original recipes and capturing food photography is Jenny's new passion and she loves sharing her journey with her readers. Jenny is thrilled to be writing her first cookbook that will be available in 2012. Picky Palate has been featured on sites such as,, and Shine by Yahoo. Jenny was born and raised in AZ but now lives in Sunny Southern California with her Disneyland loving, picky eating beach bums!
Kamran Siddiqi
The Sophisticated Gourmet & The Kitchen Generation
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Kamran Siddiqi
The Sophisticated Gourmet & The Kitchen Generation
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Kamran Siddiqi is a teen food writer, recipe developer, web developer and food photographer. He began his website, The Sophisticated Gourmet in April of 2009. Since then, he has become one of the most respected teen voices in the food blogging community. Siddiqi focuses on sharing simple, sophisticated recipes that anyone can tackle without pretentious ingredients or expensive equipment. In February of 2011, Siddiqi and four fellow respected teen bloggers, launched The Kitchen Generation , a site focusing on young people teaching and learning in the kitchen. Siddiqi has been featured in Yum Food & Fun Magazine, The Cooking Channel Blog,, and in various other places. Siddiqi is currently 18 years-old, residing in New Jersey, and is studying English Literature, Journalism, and Art History at Seton Hall University. Between classes, you can find him in the kitchen cooking, baking, making photos, and crafting stories and posts for The Sophisticated Gourmet and The Kitchen Generation .
Katie Webster
recipe developer, food stylist
Katie earned a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and an AOS in Culinary Arts from the New England Culinary Institute. She is a free-lance recipe-based food writer and blogger specializing in seasonal, healthy cuisine. She has been a recipe developer and food stylist for EatingWell Magazine since 2002. During that time she has developed recipes for their magazine, online content and twelve of their cookbooks. Katie’s original recipes, food-styling and published work can be seen at her website She is a regular contributor to and has an upcoming food feature in Parents Magazine. Katie is an avid gardener, loves hiking and cross-country skiing and spending time with her husband and two daughters in Richmond, Vermont.
Kelly Senyei
Content Producer, Gourmet Live

Kelly Senyei is Content Producer for Gourmet Live, a new digital experience that lets users express, share and explore their passion for food and food culture in a brand new way. As Content Producer, Ms. Senyei is responsible for packaging, creating, styling and orchestrating content programming in the form of text, recipes, photos and videos for both the Gourmet Live app and the Gourmet Live blog. She also maintains Gourmet Live’s social media presence on the Web.

Prior to joining Condé Nast in August 2010, Ms. Senyei externed in the Food Network Kitchens, cross-testing recipes, cooking and preparing food for television productions, photo shoots and catering events, and evaluating kitchen products for a joint venture with Kohl’s department store. Prior to that, she studied at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City, graduating with highest honors. While there, she conceptualized and launched the school’s first ever official blog, DICED, chronicling the life of a culinary student.

Ms. Senyei is an accomplished food journalist. Her Just a Taste blog founded in October of 2008 has been featured in “Sites We Love” by SAVEUR magazine and “Food Blog of the Week” by The Foodie Blogroll. Ms. Senyei has been a regular contributor to KOBITV’s Smart Choices Healthy Lives television and online segments, is a Featured Publisher on and appears in a monthly cooking segment on NBC’s NY Nonstop Foodies.

As a food writer, stylist, photographer and chef, Ms. Senyei has managed to combine her two passions: food and journalism. Ms. Senyei has a master’s degree in journalism from The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and a B.A. in Communications and Business from Northwestern University. She has worked as a production intern at Fox News Network, ABC Sports and Food Network, and she has written for, Recipe Zaar,,, and, as well as her own blogs. Her original recipes and photographs have appeared online and on-air at NBC affiliate KOBI-TV in Oregon and northern California. In 2010 she was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Food Photography by The International Association of Culinary Professionals.

When she’s not busy blogging or keeping up with the latest food media news and trends, Ms. Senyei can be found in her kitchen in New York City, experimenting with new ingredients and creating recipes.

Lauren McMillan
Celiac Teen & The Kitchen Generation
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Lauren McMillan
Celiac Teen & The Kitchen Generation
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Lauren McMillan is a baker, writer, photographer and high school student. At eighteen, she's in her final semester of high school, soaking up the last few months. Since her fifteenth birthday, Lauren has written Celiac Teen - a place where she shares gluten-free recipes, musings, photos and snippets of life as a teenager with Celiac. She considers being diagnosed with celiac disease one of the greatest gifts, as going gluten-free alleviated her health issues and encouraged her to fall in love with food. She spends all too much time on twitter, but is grateful for it, as that was where so many friendships have blossomed. Some such friendships - as with Elissa Bernstein, Hannah Queen, Kamran Siddiqi and Tessa Arias led them to launch The Kitchen Generation in February of 2011. Lauren also loves to give what she can, so when the earthquake in Haiti happened, she created an ebook and has raised nearly $6000 for Haiti relief. In addition to her ebook A Hand for Haiti, Lauren's work has been included in two cookbooks: Blog Aid for Haiti and The Whole Family Cookbook by Michelle Stern. When not baking and creating for Celiac Teen and The Kitchen Generation, you can find Lauren wrapped up in a good book or writing letters between class, no doubt with recipe ideas swirling through her head.
Laurie David
Producer and Author

Laurie David has produced numerous projects that bring the issue of global warming into mainstream popular culture, including the Academy Award-winning documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, based on former Vice President Al Gore’s thirty years of research on global warming. She is author of the bestselling Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You!, co-author of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, a children’s book that received the Green Earth Book Award in the nonfiction category. She executive produced Earth to America!, a TBS primetime special, the HBO documentary, Too Hot Not to Handle, and launched the Stop Global Warming College Tour with Sheryl Crow, during which they visited college campuses on a biodiesel bus, raising awareness to stop global warming.

As a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Ms. David has received a U.S. EPA Climate Protection Award, the Feminist Majority’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award, Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award, NRDC’s 2006 Forces for Nature award for her tireless work to stop global warming. in 2005 Ms. David was one of a small group of funders who helped launch the Huffington Post.

Her newest book The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time is an inspirational, practical and green guide to the most important hour in a family’s day, dinnertime.

You can also find Laurie at and on Twitter as @famdinner

Liz Weiss, MS, RD
Food Blogger and Co-author, No Whine with Dinner
Liz Weiss champions good nutrition and healthy meals with kid appeal on her award-winning food blog, Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen. She is co-author of two cookbooks, No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms (M3 Press, 2011) and The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time (Broadway Books, 2004). Liz co-hosts the weekly radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms, and her website features over 50 cooking and mealtime tips videos. Liz is a former producer and correspondent for CNN's groundbreaking weekend food program, On The Menu. Currently, she hosts the Meal Makeover cooking segment for the Everwell TV network which airs in physicians' waiting rooms nationwide and via the internet. Liz is a member of the American Dietetic Association and a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Liza Barry-Kessler

Liza Barry-Kessler is an attorney and academic whose work focuses on Information Policy, particularly barriers to information access, privacy, and intellectual property.

Previously, Liza has worked for EarthLink, AOL, and the Center for Democracy & Technology, and as a lobbyist representing organizations like the American Library Association, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the Consortium on School Networking. She is co-author of Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries, has written numerous articles, including “Endorsements, Testimonials, and Bloggers: The New FTC Guides” in the December 2009 issue of Wisconsin Lawyer. Liza is a frequent public speaker at professional conferences and educational events, recently including the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Blogalicious, BlogHer, Blissdom, and the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is an award-winning personal blogger at . Liza graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and from Smith College. She is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Policy at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Information Studies.

Lori Lange
RecipeGirl, Inc.
Lori Lange is a former elementary school teacher with a passion for cooking, travel, regional food discoveries, fine wine and entertaining. She shares all of that and more on her website-, which was established in 2006. Now a trusted recipe developer for companies such as Gold Medal Flour, McCormick, Kraft, Pepperidge Farm and Tabasco, Lori will publish her first cookbook, “The Recipe Girl Cookbook,” in April 2013. Lori cooks from her kitchen in Southern California, where she lives with her husband and food-blogging son Brooks (
Marge Perry
Marge Perry writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition. In her long-standing capacity as a Newsday columnist, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light, daily columnist for (Ask the Expert at, restaurant critic, recent columnist for several leading magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention), regular contributor to Self, Parenting, More, Coastal Living, and Relish), author of the blog A Sweet and Savory Life ( and guest on television and radio, Marge is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels. In addition to Dinner Tonight, the cookbook based on her daily Newsday column, Marge has contributed recipes and text to nearly 20 other food and nutrition books. Her articles have been syndicated internationally in magazines and books, and her recipes have appeared on the the Food Network and numerous television news segments. Marge teaches cooking and food writing at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, food writing at, and is a guest lecturer at the culinary management graduate school at New York University. Ms. Perry’s extensive involvement with the food industry ranges from writing and reporting about cooking and nutrition, chefs, restaurants, growers, producers and manufacturers; restaurant reviewing; menu consulting; consumer trend analysis; and volunteering to bring food and cooking/nutrition know-how to those in need. She is the proud recipient of a number of awards, including the Libby Hillman Award for Culinary Excellence and the Food Writers’ Symposium scholarship.
Mark Levine
VP, Emerging Brands - Food Category at Scripps Networks Digital
Mark Levine
VP, Emerging Brands - Food Category at Scripps Networks Digital

As VP, Emerging Brands at Scripps Networks Digital, Mark Levine leads digital initiatives including web and mobile for Cooking Channel, and Levine started at Scripps in 2008 when he launched Food2 from inception and then did the same with in 2010. He added to his roster in 2011 which is currently the largest user-contributed recipe site in the country.
Prior to Scripps, Levine was Director of Digital Strategy at the SyFy Channel and before that he oversaw digital for The View, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet in Los Angeles. Levine began his career in digital entertainment by launching and monetizing various products for Sony Digital (including a pre-iTunes, video download service featuring day & date television content).  
Before his digital career, Levine was VP, Feature Development for producers, Lisa Henson and Janet Yang, at Columbia Pictures where he worked on The People vs. Larry Flynt, Gattaca, and High Crimes.

Melissa Clark
Melissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. After brief forays working as a cook in a restaurant kitchen, and as a professional caterer out of her fifth floor walk-up, Clark decided upon a more sedentary path. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and began a freelance food writing career in 1994. Since then her work has been honored with awards by the James Beard Foundation and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), and been selected for the Best American Food Writing of 2007. Currently, she writes for such publications as the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart. Her most recent cookbook with essays, entitled In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite, is based on her popular New York Times Dining section column. She blogs at In addition, Clark has written 30 cookbooks, many of them in collaboration with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs including Daniel Boulud (Braise), David Bouley (East of Paris), Claudia Fleming (The Last Course), Bruce and Eric Bromberg (The Blue Ribbon), and White House pastry chef Bill Yosses (The Perfect Finish). Her collaboration with chef Peter Berley, The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen, received both a James Beard award and Julia Child Cookbook award in 2000. Clark had made many television appearances, including as an expert on the Cooking Channel show, Foodography, and as a judge on Iron Chef America. She’s been a frequent guest on the NPR radio show, The Splendid Table, and has appeared on the Leonard Lopate show several times. Clark was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she now lives with her husband, Daniel Gercke, their toddler daughter Dahlia, and their formerly cosseted cat.
Melissa Lanz
Founder, The Fresh 20

Melissa is the author of The Fresh 20 Cookbook and founder of the online subscription service, The Fresh 20.

Melissa believes the path to health and happiness runs through the kitchen. Her healthful menu plans help thousands of people across Northern America every week to get wholesome food on the table.

Melissa is a serial entrepreneur and former internet brand consultant for Fortune 100 companies. She knows what it takes to create profit based on an idea or a spark. An expert in small business structure, Melissa mentors dreamers beyond passionate ideas and into real, tangible results.

Melissa speaks nationally on happiness, business, and the health of the American family.

In 2011, Melissa founded the Family Food Summit, an online conversation with food industry leaders, about feeding our families. She believes in small changes everyday to encourage optimal health and promotes family meals.

She resides in Los Angeles, living with three boys. One of them she calls ‘Hubby.’

Meridith Ford Goldman

Biography for Meridith Ford Goldman

Meridith Ford Goldman is a food writer and stylist, pastry chef, teacher and consultant who writes Life is Lemonade, a web log that explores the sweeter side of life’s sour moments through food and writing. Meridith was the dining critic and food writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, Georgia for six years. Previously, she was the dining critic for the Providence Journal in Providence, Rhode Island, for five years. She taught baking and pastry as a chef-instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence for six years. Meridith attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, as a theater major, and worked professionally in the theater until 1986, when she began her training as a chef. In her hometown, Atlanta, she worked as a professional cook and chef before leaving to further her culinary education at Johnson & Wales University, where in 1990 she received an associate in occupational science degree in baking and pastry arts, and in 1991 a bachelor's degree in food marketing. While attending school, she worked for the University's public relations department and began writing food articles. She was a contributing editor to Chef magazine for four years and wrote regularly for The National Culinary Review for six years. She had a column highlighting the best pastry chefs in the country in Pastry Art & Design for three years. In addition to her work at the AJC, where she wrote weekly restaurant reviews as well as created and designed cover stories for the newspaper’s food pages, she has written articles and developed recipes for Pastry Art & Design, Kitchen Gardener, Fine Cooking, Modern Baking, Chocolatier and Fancy Food magazines. A seasoned food stylist, Meridith has styled food shots for Chef, The National Culinary Review, Pastry Art & Design, Modern Baking, The Rhode Islander Magazine and for countless food pages of the Providence Journal and the AJC. She has taught and spoken at many events, and has appeared extensively as a guest on radio and television. Her blog at the AJC, Table Talk, was a popular feature in Atlanta social media. In 2006, her food criticism was nominated for a coveted James Beard Award, the highest honor given to food writers, food personalities and chefs. In 2008, her writing was on the semi-finalist list for nominations by the Atlanta Press Club’s columnist of the year. She is actively involved in supporting sustainable food pathways and is a member of the James Beard Foundation, The International Association of Culinary Professionals, Georgia Organics and Slow Food USA. Life is Lemonade ( highlights cooking and lifestyles. Meridith currently works as the editorial director of The Reynolds Group in Atlanta and lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband, Michael, and her daughter, Harper.

Michelle Ferrier
Michelle Ferrier

Michelle Ferrier is founder and publisher of, an online community focused on local food and food policy. She is a farmers' market fanatic and is passionate about growing local communities through good food. She's affectionately called "The Plant Whisperer" by friends and neighbors who seek her guidance on gardening and cooking with seasonal foods. She started her kids off on "The Ferrier Smell Garden", an extravaganza of culinary herbs and has moved to full-scale backyard urban agriculture in Greensboro, NC. Michelle creates "seed bombs" for her urban guerilla gardening campaign in the Piedmont Triad area. Her favorite fruit is the tomato, in all its glorious variations.

Michelle has been developing and running online communities for several years before she started her own hyperlocal niche. She holds a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida, a master's degree in journalism and is an associate professor in the School of Communications at Elon University. She is a former columnist, current journalist and part-time community activist working to install community gardens and raise awareness about eating locally.

Mria Dangerfield
Supervising Producer - Everwell TV
Mria Dangefield supervises and coordinates story development, field production and post production for Everwell TV. She began her career in the mid-1980s as a video journalist with the then relatively new CNN. She spent 11 years with Turner Broadcasting as an editor and supervisor, traveling extensively and serving as part of CNN's political and features units. In addition, she has written for Travelgirl magazine and produced programs for HGTV. She is a graduate of James Madison University.
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, AOL Health, Yahoo!,,, 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.

Nancy Baggett
Cookbook Author

Nancy Baggett is an award-winning author of numerous cookbooks, including her most recent Kneadlessly Simple, a work on no-knead breads, and her International Chocolate Cookbook, an International Association of Culinary Professionals "best baking book" winner. She blogs at on a wide range of food writing and culinary topics. Recent posts range from how to get a food writing assignment and what not to EVER say to an editor to how to create recipes good enough to satisfy magazine test kitchens. Recipe topics range from how to make all-natural pastel buttercream frostings and bake a "crackless" New York-style cheesecake to how to make fuss-free summer popsicles.

Nancy is also a prolific food writer: She's a contributing editor to Eating Well magazine; a long-time contributor to The Washington Post food section; and has written for numerous other publications, including Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Vegetarian Times, Food and Wine, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, and many other national periodicals. She has participated on panels and  taught numerous food writing and cooking classes at cooking schools and at culinary organizations such as Les Dames d'Escoffier and IACP. She is a frequent media guest chef and has appeared on dozens of regional and national shows such as NPR, GMA, and Today, and has hosted several 20-city satellite media tours.

Pamela Braun
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Pamela Braun is now a food writer and recipe developer moonlighting as a tech geek in Los Angeles. While she has spent the last 6 years working in the online world of websites, programming, writing and statistics, in a past life she was a corporate sales rep traveling around 11 states. Unable to maintain any semblance of a real life or indulge her geek tendencies, she left the corporate world for internet consulting. So what does she do? Pamela works with companies to help them develop an online presence with the creation of a website and how to work in the online world without forgetting there are real people on the other side of all those wires and monitors. One of her favorite parts of business is working with clients to help them understand how to better communicate with their audience and how to bring more people to their site...that's where the finer points of SEO come in. Pamela really enjoys helping her clients gain a better understanding of their website and how to read the analytics that show them how their work pays off. Looking forward to BlogHerFood 2011!
Rene Lynch
Asst. Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
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Rene Lynch
Asst. Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
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I've been at the Los Angeles Times more years than I care to recall. I've worked in Sports, Arts, Entertainment, Home, Business, Metro... and now I'm in the yummiest section of all: Food.
Sabrina Modelle

Sabrina Modelle is the face behind the tart...The Tomato Tart, that is. In March 2011, she created The Online Bakesale for Japan, featuring over 90 bloggers from four continents. Her food writing and photography have been featured on The Jerusalem Post, Discovery Channel’s Green Wine Guide, and in the Green Market Baking Book (Sterling, 2010). When she’s not writing about food, Sabrina is a web designer, creative director, & usability expert working both with food bloggers and brands as well as nonprofits such as Amnesty International, UNICEF, and Defenders of Wildlife. In her downtime, Sabrina can usually be found with her nose in a cookbook and a dog in her lap.

Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan
Founding Editor, Apartment Therapy's
Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan is a food writer based in New York City. She is the founding editor of Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn (, an award-winning cooking website. Published daily since 2005, The Kitchn now has over one million monthly readers. Her most recent cookbook, published with Williams-Sonoma, is called Good Food To Share: Recipes for Entertaining with Family and Friends. (2011) She has written nationally syndicated food articles for Tribune Media and done writing and recipe development work for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, House Beautiful, O, the Oprah Magazine, and Muscle & Fitness. She is also the author of The Greyston Bakery Cookbook: More Than 80 Recipes to Inspire the Way You Cook and Live. (2007)
Sarah Breckenridge
Senior Web Producer, Fine Cooking
Sarah Breckenridge
Senior Web Producer, Fine Cooking
Sarah is the senior web producer for Fine Cooking Magazine, where she oversees all interactive content, including videos, blogs, recipes, and the award-winning Recipe Maker widget. Sarah has been a magazine and web writer and editor for twelve years, and besides Fine Cooking, her work has appeared in such publications as Saveur, Esquire, Smart Money and Self. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Sarah apprenticed in the restaurant kitchen of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, where she developed an abiding commitment to sustainable food systems and local farms. She lives outside New Haven, CT, with her husband.
Sarah Olson
A Beach Home Companion started simply as a forum to share the adventures of my boyfriend and I in gardening, cooking and travel with our friends and family, many of whom live far from us. My love of food and cooking soon converged with my background in photography and A Beach Home Companion evolved into the blog it is today, focusing on quality photography, but throwing in some favorite recipes too. Last year I launched Sarah Olson Photography, specializing in food, travel and restaurant photography.
Sarena Shasteen
Recipe Developer
Sarena has always had a passion for healthy cooking, nutrition and food writing. Upon graduating from culinary school, she spent most of her career as a menu designer and catering consultant. When she eventually discovered there were multiple restrictions from dairy, gluten and soy within her family, Sarena decided to change her food focus to learn more about food allergies and intolerances to help others find a balance due to these restrictions. Now, a food writer, recipe developer and blogger of the The Non-Dairy Queen, Sarena has discovered that cooking can still be fun, healthy and delicious while accommodating multiple dietary restrictions.
Sean Timberlake
Founder, Punk Domestics
Sean Timberlake is a professional writer, amateur foodie, avid traveler and all-around bon vivant. He has penned the blog Hedonia since 2006. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, Paul Brown, and their hyperactive terrier, Reese.
Stacey Ferguson
Writer, FOODe
Justice Fergie is an attorney and mother of three spunky children, ages 6, 5, and 2. Her blog, FOODe showcases her love of food and social media. She is currently a 2011 Blog Ambassador for ConAgra Foods and is on the Shared Tastes Panel for She is also co-founder of The Social Niche, a company devoted to celebrating diversity in social media. TSN is a trailblazer in the social media sphere, curating the Be Blogalicious online community and annual conference for multicultural women bloggers.
Stephanie Shih
Food+Travel Photographer, Dessert Designer
Stephanie Shih
Food+Travel Photographer, Dessert Designer

Stephanie Shih is a food + travel photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Her food photography work has been featured online on Fine Cooking, Gourmet Live, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Women's Health, and in print in Elle Girl Korea and Gastronomica. Shih also writes, styles, and photographs the desserts blog, which was a finalist in Saveur Magazine's 2011 Best Food Blog Awards. 

Stephanie Stiavetti
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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!

Stephanie Stiavetti
Freelance Writer and Social Media Consultant
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Stephanie Stiavetti
Freelance Writer and Social Media Consultant
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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. 

Tami Hardeman
food stylist/blogger

Tami is an Atlanta-based food stylist who has been styling food for close to 7 years. As a former fashion stylist, she's merged her loves of food and photography to become nationally published - in both print and video. Clients include: Olive Garden, Publix Supermarkets, Arby's, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola. When not on set styling, Tami pursues her passions of food, writing and photography on her internationally recognized food blog, Running With Tweezers.

Tanya Steel
Editor-in-Chief, Epicurious
Tanya Wenman Steel is editor-in-chief of, the most award-winning food site on the web, with 62 honors including three American Society of Magazine Editor Awards, an Emmy, and two consecutive James Beard Awards for best food web site (2008 and 2009). She was inducted into the Digital Hall of Fame in 2010. A publishing industry veteran, having served as an editor for many years at Bon Appétit and Food & Wine magazines, Steel herself won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Magazine Restaurant Review or Critique (2003), and wrote frequently for The New York Times. She is a regular on many national television programs, including the Today show, The Early Show, Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef, and Iron Chef. Steel is the co-author of the award-winning Real Food for Healthy Kids (HarperCollins). Born in London and raised in New York City, she is the proud mother of identical 13-year-old twin boys.
Tessa Arias
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Tessa Arias is the blogger behind Handle the Heat, a food and recipe blog founded in April of 2009. A college student turned culinary student, Tessa focuses her passion for food on fun, fresh, and flavorful recipes. She loves to share recipes and techniques learned from culinary school with her readers. Handle the Heat has been featured on Food News Journal, Glamour magazine's blog, and Gourmet Live. Tessa also founded the website The Kitchen Generation in February 2011 with four fellow young food bloggers. The Kitchen Generation is a place to share recipes, stories, tips, and techniques and an all-around love for being in the kitchen. Tessa was born in California, lived in Australia, but has called Arizona home for most of her life. When Tessa isn't in school she can be found poring over cookbooks, testing new recipes, and taking photos of everything she eats.
Toby Bloomberg

Toby Bloomberg is Founder/President of Atlanta-based strategy and social media consultancy, Bloomberg Marketing/Diva Marketing. She is a widely recognized for her expertise in combining social media with traditional marketing values (strategy, customer insights, segmentation, etc.) while maintaining the authenticity of digital conversations.
Her blog launched in 2004, was acknowledged by Forbes as one of the 20 Best Marketing and Social Media Blogs By Women. Diva Marketing has even been required reading for marketing students at several colleges.
In 2004, Toby created the first national workshop on blogs for the American Marketing Association. Since than she has “trained” hundreds, if not thousands, of B2B, B2C, Nonprofit and Education marketers, on how to incorporate social media into results driven business strategies. “I love how @tobydiva actually gets how marketing, branding and social media relate.”

Her media credits include profiled in books on social media like Naked Conversations, Now Is Gone, Twitterville and The Digital Handshake. She has been quoted in publications such as including INC magazine, BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal and Atlanta Journal-Constitution,, MSNBC and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Recently The Street interviewed her about Charlie Sheen's step into social media .. never know what will happen in the blogopshere!

She is the author of the first business book, Social Media Marketing GPS, based on (40) Twitter interviews with global marketing leaders. Her newest venture All The Single Girlfriends .. is the first social content destination for girlfriend-to-girlfriend talk for women over forty.