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Sally Schneider


  Female      American      Journalist



About Author

Sally Schneider is a journalist and Founding Editor of the website 'the improvised life'. A former chef, Schneider is author of The Improvisational Cook, A New Way to Cook and The Art of Low Calorie Cooking. She has won numerous awards including four James Beard Foundation Awards for her books and journalism. A New Way to Cook was named “One of the Best Food Books of the Decade” by the Guardian. She is a columnist for The Atlantic Monthly Food Blog as well as a radio commentator for the national public radio show "The Splendid Table".

Schneider was born and raised in Greenwich Village. Raised by a Greek mother and German father in an Italian neighborhood, her inspirations growing up were American regional, southern, French and Mediterranean foods, a culinary mélange that ranged from chicken pot pie, smothered pork chops and beach plum jelly, to boeuf bourgignon and cheese soufflés, to skordalia and endless varieties of phyllo pastries. Schneider’s mother knew Dione Lucas, Julia Child's precursor, and was strongly influenced by her classic French technique which she passed on to her daughter. Another major influence in Schneider’s life has been a small town called Helvetia in the West Virginia Appalachians, that had been settled by Swiss immigrants in the 1860s. After Schneider visited a ramp (wild leek) festival [5] in the town in the early seventies, she returned yearly to document and write about the compelling and unexpected culture that she found there, a mix of Swiss and Appalachian, that manifested in unique foodways, art, music, architecture and story-telling. Over the years, Helvetia became home and its people a second family. Schneider has lectured and published numerous articles about Helvetia, including entrees in The Encyclopedia of Appalachia. A lover of food, culture, photography, and design, Schneider has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Ireland, North Africa, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Guadeloupe...


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