Linda Larsen

University Of Minnesota, St. Olaf College
Baking, Cooking, Specialty Ingredients
  • Linda wrote a variety of pieces on convenient tricks for use in the kitchen. This includes an article on how to pit cherries with a paper clip.
  • She also shared special insight into why celery and blue cheese with wings, somewhat like peanut butter and jelly, just go better together.
  • Chefs aiming to perfect their brown butter preparation certainly benefited from Linda's "Tell-Tale Signs That Your Brown Butter Is Ready."


Linda is a journalist and home economist who has written 53 cookbooks on topics ranging from quick cooking to air fryers to slow cookers to health topics. She was the Guide to Busy Cooks for 15 years, teaching people how to cook and developing original recipes. And she worked for the Pillsbury Company from 1987 to 2020, developing recipes in the test kitchens, and as a staff member on the Pillsbury Bake-Off. She is currently the editor of Food Poisoning Bulletin, a Google News site, writing about food poisoning outbreaks and food safety.


Linda holds a B.S. with High Distinction in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College.
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