Linda Larsen

Expertise: approachable recipes

Linda Larsen has been developing recipes for over 30 years and is the author of 37 cookbooks. She enjoys sharing her passion for taking complicated recipes and making them simpler and more accessible. Linda is also the editor of the Food Poisoning Bulletin and has been published in countless leading lifestyle magazines. 



Linda has had a lifelong love affair with cooking. She got her first taste of the culinary world at 7 years old when she started cooking at home. In college, she majored in food science and nutrition, wanting to understand the science behind what makes a recipe work and how to go about creating one in the most efficient manner. She has since developed a penchant for focusing on making trickier recipes more approachable, which was her main focal point when she was a contributor for and The Spruce Eats from 2002 to 2017. 

With over 30 years of experience creating and testing recipes, many of her recipes and articles have been featured in online and print publications, including national publications such as The Spruce Eats, Pillsbury, Malt-O-Meal, Woman's Day magazine, Woman's World magazine, Quick & Simple magazine, and First magazine. She is also the author of cookbooks, editor at Food Poisoning Bulletin, member of the Association of Food Journalists, and shares recipes on her food blog: Linda's Best Recipes.

Linda's knowledge of food comes from her vast experience in her home kitchen, professional test kitchens, and photo studios, as well as from her collection of over 2,000 cookbooks. Other interests range from gluten-free cooking to specialty diets to slow-cooker cooking. Linda has also worked with Pillsbury for many years and has been involved in their yearly Bake-Off. 



Linda holds a B.A. in biology from St. Olaf College and a B.S. with high distinction in food science and nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

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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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