Welcome to TasteFood!
This blog chronicles a culinary journey that begins and ends at the kitchen table. A New England native, I moved from Boston to Paris to study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu, and returned to the San Francisco Bay area 16 years later with my Danish husband, 2 children and previous addresses in Geneva, London and Copenhagen.
Every country has its unique traditions, and there is no better way to immerse oneself in a new culture than to have a seat at its kitchen table. In my family’s well-traveled life, our kitchen table has had countless visitors. It’s been the gathering point for new and old friends, while reinforcing the importance and pleasure of the family dinner. I am often asked where I feel is my home, and I answer it’s wherever my kitchen table is. I call this Kitchen Table Philosophy, and would like to share it with you through my stories and recipes on TasteFood. So, please pull up a chair and get comfortable. I promise there will be something good to eat.
– Lynda Balslev
Lynda Balslev is an award-winning food writer, editor and recipe developer based in the San Francisco Bay area. She writes about food and travel, and contributes to Marin Magazine, NPR, Relish Magazine, and authors the blog TasteFood, a compilation of more than 600 original recipes, photos and stories. She develops and tests recipes for corporate brands, chefs, and wineries and was the exclusive recipe tester for the Stone Edge Farm Cookbook (IACP Best Cookbook 2014). Lynda co-authored the cookbook “Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture” (2015 Silver Medal Winner Independent Publisher Awards) and she is the recipient of the Chronicle Books Award (Recipe Writing) from the Society for Professional Food Writers.
A New England native, 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 food editor and writer, caterer and culinary instructor. A corporate move brought Lynda and her family to Northern California in 2007, and when she recovered from reverse culture shock, she launched TasteFood 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.