After years of living overseas and working with humanitarian aid projects in Paraguay, Honduras, Haiti, Morocco, and Burkina Faso, Cynthia D. Bertelsen now resides in Gainesville, Florida. There she writes and cooks and enjoys ice-free winters. Summers are another story. The author of seven books she also contributed numerous articles to various food encyclopedias, as well as dozens of book reviews for The Roanoke Times, The New York Journal of Books, Library Journal, and The Digest of Middle Eastern Studies (DOMES). Her columns for the Cedar Key Beacon in Cedar Key, Florida covered culinary history when few writers and academics paid attention to the subject. She holds a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies, an M.A in History, an M.S. in Human Nutrition and Foods, and an M.L.I.S in Library Science. Read more of her writing on her blog, “Cynthia D. Bertelsen: Gherkins & Tomatoes … Since 2008,” at cynthiadbertelsen.com.

Other Works

  • Stoves & Suitcases: Searching for Home in the World's Kitchens

  • Meatballs & Lefse: Recipes and Memories from a Scandinavian-American Faming Life

  • Wisdom Soaked in Palm Oil: Journeying through the Food and Flavors of Africa

  • In the Shadow of Ravens: A Novel

  • "A Hastiness of Cooks": A Practical Handbook for Use in Deciphering Historic recipes and Cookbooks

  • Mushroom: A Global History


Awards and Recognition

  • 2022 - Stoves & Suitcases: Longlisted, Memoir Magazine Book Awards
  • 2022 - Meatballs & Lefse Finalist, Cookbook category, Florida Authors and Publishers Association
  • 2022 - Stoves & Suitcases: Best in the USA for Food Writing, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
  • 2021 - Meatballs & Lefse: Finalist, Lifestyle category, Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • 2020- "A Hastiness of Cooks": Best in the USA and the World for Culinary History, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
  • 2011 - Julia Child grant: for study in Paris, France - International Association of Culinary Professionals