Marlena Spieler broadcasts and writes internationally on her favourite subject: food — cooking, eating and sharing it. Bon viveuer, wit, and humourist, her lively style of writing is much loved and her original recipes are distinctive and innovative.
With over 70 cookbook titles (including contributions) to her credit, Marlena conjures up flavours and dishes from the Mediterranean to Mexico, California to France to the Italian islands and single subjects such as chili peppers, olive oil, mushrooms, to a book on classic Jewish food from all over the world. The Classic Barbecue and Grill Cookbook was a #1 best-seller in the UK. She wrote a whole book on Macaroni and Cheese and another on grilled cheese sandwiches! not to mention Yummy Potatoes for which she was invited as an ambassador from the rest the world, to the high Andes of Peru, for the 2008 UN Year of the Potato conference–to say “Thank you for the potato!” She wrote the Williams Sonoma Paris food of the world book and recently was in Australia exploring the olive harvest as a result of writing her book on olives.
Marlena has been shortlisted numerous times for various awards including the prestigious James Beard (two books and one newspaper column), the Guild of Food Writers Awards (UK, best radio food broadcaster of the year, twice ), and the Association of Food Journalists (USA: Best Column in Newspaper of Over 400,000 circulation — twice) for radio presenting, food writing and books. Everyone from BBC Radio to LBC agree: Marlena can talk about food… she can talk and talk and talk and talk. One of her latest books, Feeding Friends, won the International Cookbook Award in Perigueux, France, in 2000 and her Jewish Heritage Cooking was honored in the Loire Valley, in 2003 by a Special Jury Award at World Gourmand Book Awards.
Marlena is passionate about discovering and sharing the good flavours of life. She lives in Britain with her husband Alan, beautiful and patient cat Madeline, and two wild energetic totally adorable Jack Russell Terriers, Jake and Lambchop. Catch up with her culinary adventuress at www.sfgate.com.