Lynda Balslev

Lynda Balslev


Cookbook author, editor, recipe developer and tester working independently and in collaboration with publishers, chefs, co-authors, and book packagers.

Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture

Co-author, recipe developer,
and tester

Silver Medal Award Winner
Best Cookbook, Independent Publisher Award 2015

Exclusive recipe tester and editor
IACP Cookbook of the Year Award 2014

Exclusive recipe editor, writer, tester

Recipe Editorial Production


Independent Publisher Awards Silver Medal Award Winner ~ Almonds, Best Cookbook 2015

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

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




Freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer,
recipe developer and tester,
food stylist and photographer
for publishers, print magazines, digital websites,
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, and authors the nationally syndicated column (June 2017) and blog TasteFood, a compilation of original recipes with photos and stories, inspired by her food, family, and travel experiences. Lynda develops and tests recipes for corporate brands, including more than 400 recipes for Weber®, and wineries, including Silver Oak Cellars and Simi. She 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 2011 recipient of the Chronicle Books Award (Recipe Writing) to the Symposium 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, where she worked as a food editor and writer, a columnist for a Copenhagen-based magazine, a culinary instructor and a caterer. A corporate move brought Lynda and her family to Northern California in 2007, where she launched TasteFood as a chronicle of her cooking and travels and grew her business as a 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, CIA ProChef Smart Brief, BuzzFeed, and People. As of June 2017, her syndicated column TasteFood will be printed in newspapers across the US.



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