About the Editor
Linda West Eckhardt
Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”
Ms. Eckhardt has published hundreds of magazine pieces in national magazines, was a regular food columnist for Cooking Light Magazine, The Oregonian, Texas Monthly, and the Grants Pass Courier. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in foods and nutrition from The University of Texas, College of Natural Sciences, and a Masters’ degree in English, Creative Writing, from San Francisco State University, both with honors.
She has published a baker’s dozen short stories, written two novels, and had one optioned to the movies. Her food essays have appeared in journals for more than 20 years.
Never one to shy away from progress, Ms. Eckhardt has leapt into the digital age and become something of an expert on content provision for the internet, as well an expert and successful blogger on sites including Amy Ephron’s One for The Table, Jeff Deasy’s American Feast, and was co-founder of the successful Silver Cloud Diet, where she created content, tested and offered recipes, and provided a bird’s eye view of the low-carb diet revolution occurring in the U.S.
Ms. Eckhardt saw the need for a Foodpaper where the burgeoning sustainable food movement could be documented and explained and that led her to found and edit Everybody Eats News, recently named “top influencer” by the Food Writers Group of LinkedIn.com. EENews continues to attract distinguished writers known as “guild bloggers” who take ownership in the site based on page views.
She was invited to present testimony at the USDA hearings for the New Food Pyramid, in Summer, 2010. In addition, she travels the world learning about food patterns, as well as traditional and new foods. She takes select friends to Italy annually for a food and wine tour.
Her new book, Skinny Cocktails, is in process.