Greetings and welcome to TasteFood!
This blog chronicles a culinary journey that begins and ends at the kitchen table. In 1991 I moved from Boston to Paris to study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu. I returned to the U.S. 17 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. We speak many languages, yet cooking and eating are universal, connecting us to our family, friends and new aquaintances, no matter the spoken word.
In our 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 the 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, contributes to NPR’s Kitchen Window, Relish Magazine, Marin Magazine and authors the blog TasteFood, a compilation of more than 500 original recipes, photos and stories. Lynda has co-authored the cookbook “Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture” (Gibbs Smith 2014) and she is the 2011 recipient of the Chronicle Books Award 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.