Lynda Balslev

Lynda Balslev

Award winning cookbook author
Food, wine and travel writer


Award Winning Cookbook Author
Recipe Developer, Tester, and Editor
working independently and in collaboration with publishers,
book packagers, corporate brands, wineries, and chefs.

Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture

Silver Medal Award Winner Best Cookbook 2015 ~ Almonds, Recipes, History, Culture ~ Independent Publishers Awards

Winner of the Chronicle Books Award for Recipe Writing, Society for Professional Food Writers (SPFW), 

Food52 Contest All-star ~ Top 5 winners circle with most all-time wins

Fellowship Award Recipient ~ Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley





Food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer and stylist
Recipe developer, tester, and editor
working with publishers, book packagers, print and digital media,
chefs, wineries, and corporate brands.


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, Culture Magazine and authors the nationally syndicated column and blog TasteFood, a compilation of original recipes with photos and stories, inspired by food, family, and travel experiences. Lynda develops and tests recipes for corporate brands, including more than 500 recipes for Weber®, and wineries, including Silver Oak Cellars, Stone Edge Farm, and Simi. She was the exclusive recipe tester for the Stone Edge Farm Cookbook (IACP Best Cookbook 2014) and the Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook (Rizzoli 2019). Lynda co-authored the cookbook Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture (2015 Silver Medal Winner Independent Publisher Awards), and authored The Little Book of Fika published by Andrews McMeel, among others. She is the 2011 recipient of the Chronicle Books Award (Recipe Writing) to the Symposium for Professional Food Writers, and a 2018 Fellowship Award recipient to the Symposium for Wine Writers at Meadowood, Napa Valley. 

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, where she worked as a food writer and editor, a columnist for a Copenhagen-based magazine, and a culinary instructor and caterer. A corporate move brought Lynda and her family to Northern California in 2007, where she launched TasteFood to chronicle her cooking and travels and grew her business as a food and travel writer, editor, and recipe developer. Lynda's writing and photography have been recognized by many publications including the New York Times Diners Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, and People. 



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I live (and love) to cook, travel, and write. I welcome opportunities for writing, editing, recipe development, recipe testing, and food styling.
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