Allen Salkin

Writing. Allen Salkin

  • A recognized expert on food media and cultural trends
  • Author of "From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network"
  • A journalist writing for the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and others


Allen Salkin was a writer for The Spruce Eats covering cookbooks. The goal of his writing was to deliver fascinating, mouth-watering, share-worthy tips on getting into the world of food writing along with recipes, news of new cookbooks and food-related books of note. 

He has written for the New York Times, Bon AppétitSaveurEdible, Food Republic, New York Magazine, Details, and Salon, among other outlets. He appears frequently on television and radio as an expert on food media (Morning JoeCNN, ABC News Nightline), Festivus, and cultural trends such as monocles. 

Allen is the author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network, and Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us. 

He has interviewed countless chefs and food writers, among them Ferran Adria (who once came to Allen's apartment to cook him lunch), Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Roy Choi, Susan Feniger, Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Voltaggio, and David Chang.

He interviews food writers such as Ruth Reichl and Gabrielle Hamilton for the New Books in Food Podcast and often serves as a judge at various cooking contests.


Allen attended U.C. Berkeley for his bachelors​ and N.Y.U. for a masters degree in journalism. He has taught at NYU.

Expertise: Food Media + Culinary Trends, Food Journalism
Education: New York University
Title: Freelance Writer

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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