Lynda Balslev is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer based in the San Francisco Bay area. She writes about food and travel, contributes to NPR’s Kitchen Window, Relish Magazine, Marin Magazine, and authors the blog TasteFood, a compilation of nearly 600 original recipes, photos, and stories. She recently co-authored the book Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture (Gibbs Smith 2014). Lynda is the 2011 recipient of the Chronicle Books Award for recipe writing to the Greenbrier Professional Food Writers Symposium.
Lynda attended Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris and remained in Europe, living for more than 15 years in Switzerland, England, and Denmark. When she wasn’t moving country, setting up house, raising her children, and learning the language of her new home, Lynda worked as a writer, caterer, and cooking instructor. She was the food editor of the Danish magazine Sphere from 2004 to 2006. A corporate move brought Lynda and her family to Northern California in 2007, and when she recovered from reverse culture shock, she launched TasteFood in 2008 as a chronicle of her cooking and travels.
Lynda’s writing and photography have been recognized by many publications including Gourmet Live, The New York Times Diners Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, CIA ProChef Smart Brief, and Food News Journal.