Marlena Spieler

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Marlena Spieler
Sacramento, California
  • Food writer
  • Broadcaster

Marlena Spieler (born 16 April 1949) is a food writer of more than 70 cookbooks. She formerly contributed for the Bon Appétit, Saveur and for the San Francisco Chronicle award-winning food column "The Roving Feast."[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Spieler was born in Sacramento, California. As a student, she started drawing recipes while she attended an art school. Her life interest was focused on cooking, tasting, and sharing stories about food.[1][4]


Spieler's publications is based on cooking, eating and sharing. As a food writer, she was the former Roving Feast columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. She also works for radio and T.V. shows. She has written over 70 cookbooks. Spieler's book, "The Classic Barbecue and Grill Cookbook was a #1 best-seller in the UK. After writing "Yummy Potatoes," she was invited as an ambassador to the high Andes of Peru for the 2008 UN Year of Potato conference.[3]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Spieler received the James Beard for two book and one newspaper column, the Guild of Food Writers Awards twice(UK best radio food broadcaster of the year), and the Association of Food Journalists (USA:Best Column in Newspaper of Over 400,000 circulation) twice, for radio presenting and publications. Her book "Feeding Friends" won the International Cookbook Award in Perigueux, France in 2000, and the "Jewish Heritage Cooking" book was honored in the Loire Valley in 2003, by a Special Jury Award at World Gourmand Book Awards.[3]


Spieler currently resides in Britain with her husband Alan.[1][3]

Selected publications[edit]

  1. 1997 The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes
  2. 2002 Williams-Sonoma Collection: Vegetable
  3. 2002 The Jewish Heritage Cookbook
  4. 2003 Classic Home Cooking by Marlena Spieler, Mary Frances Berry
  5. 2004 Jewish Cooking
  6. 2004 Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt by Marlena Spieler, Sheri Giblin
  7. 2005 Macaroni & Cheese by Marlena Spieler, Noel Barnhurst
  8. 2006 The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking
  9. 2007 Yummy Potatoes: 65 Downright Delicious Recipes by Marlena Spieler, Sheri Giblin (Photographs)
  10. 2008 Mexico by Marlena Spieler, Marita Adair (Contributor), Nick Rider


  1. ^ a b c "Culinara, About Marlena Spieler". Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Our Changing Taste". Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Meet Marlena". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. ^ Spieler, Marlena (11 January 2014). "When a Food Writer Can't Taste". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2015.

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