Amy Barnes

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Amy Barnes
Title: Food Writer and Recipe Developer
Expertise: Southern and Midwestern cuisine, baking, canning, and preserving

Amy Barnes left Midwestern bierocks and cheese curds behind when she moved to the South. From watching "The Great British Baking Show" to writing about regional dishes, she's passionate about discovering new foods, searching shelves for old favorites, and cooking for her family. You can often find her writing with a glass of fruit tea in one hand and a copy of "Gone With the Wind" in the other. When she's not out exploring food, she cooks for her family in Southern suburbia. They don’t enjoy odd foods as much as she does, especially at dinner.


  • 25 years of food writing and recipe developing experience
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) 2020 cookbook judge
  • Contributor to McSweeney’s "Reviews of New Foods" columns



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