Susie Norris

Food & Travel Writer; Cookbook Author

I am an award-winning food and travel writer, forever on the road. My goal in writing is to teach you something about chocolate, desserts, pastry arts, cities, nature, literature, or cuisine. That's probably a legacy from my years as a Pastry Chef/Instructor in culinary school in Los Angeles. I explain the technical, bust some myths, whisk you into different cultures, crack a joke, crack some eggs, bring flavors to your mind, explore social relevance we might find, and celebrate the interesting people involved in interesting food. This portfolio is an archive of my articles and reviews, including those about my cookbooks, CHOCOLATE BLISS (Random House/Celestial Arts, 2008) and HAND-CRAFTED CANDY BARS (with Susan Heeger; Chronicle, 2013). My stories always offer new recipes or insights into culinary classics. FOOD MARKET GYPSY (www.FoodMarketGypsy.com), my international travel blog, chronicles these adventures and won the IACP Digital Media Award 2016. I served as a television executive for many years, so with no crew, no scripts and some trepidation, I'm now live-streaming cooking & baking classes on Facebook (click link above.) I've written for Dessert Professional Magazine & Zester Daily among others, and I'm currently at work on my third book. I look for collaborations on story concepts, familiarity trips, reviews, junkets and those who share the philosophy that baking and breaking bread are important, humorous, and life-affirming pursuits.

Portfolio

Reubens & the Women's March in Cincinnati - Food Market Gypsy
Cincy was my sports town in the days of Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. We rolled in from the nearby hills of northern Kentucky where my family ran a local newspaper. Folks, this...
Hitting Home: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Food Market Gypsy
Sometimes you can't tell how far you've traveled until you rumble all the way back and hit home. When I left Kentucky in 1975, bourbon was a blase part of blue grass culture...
This Year's IACP Award Winners Include Tacos , The Food Lab , and More
Last night, the International Association of Culinary Professionals held the ceremony for its annual awards. Big winners of the night include J. Kenji López-Alt, whose The Food...
Gingersnaps & Christmas Markets in Copenhagen - Food Market Gypsy
Gingersnap cookies, heart-shaped Christmas lights, and Glogg (hot mulled wine with Aquavit, raisins & almonds) fill the stalls along the Copenhagen's Nyhavn Canal.
Milk Chocolate Cup-of-Fluffs
Can candy be too sweet? Not for us! The real delight of this sweet, sweet pairing of fluffy nougat and shredded coconut is what professional taste-testers call mouthfeel. The...
Recipes from Hand-Crafted Candy Bars | Epicurious.com
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Artful Cookies in Italy - Food Market Gypsy
Cannoli, the popular cookies of Sicily, began as Carnival pastries (circa 1500's) shaped as cylinders around wooden canes, dipped in hot oil, allowed to cool then filled with...
Chocolate Bliss Sensuous Recipes, Spa Treatments, and Other Divine Indulgences | StarChefs.com
Pastry chef, instructor, TV producer, chocolatier, cookbook author and general guru of all things chocolate Susie Norris delivers a gem of a book dedicated to the culture and...
Cookbook Review (And Weekend Project!): Hand-Crafted Candy Bars + A 20 Minute Chocolate Nougat...
If you're looking for a Sunday kitchen project that doesn't involve corned beef and cabbage, how about a little St. Patrick's Day candy making? For that, we suggest Hand-Crafted...
IACP Announces Cookbook, Food Writing, Photography, and Blog Winners for 2016
Congratulations to all
Pros cite pork, salt, DIY among top food trends
Food-related topics ranging from politics to pop culture were on the agenda at a recent conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Once a...
5 recipes for traditional, homemade Halloween candy
There's something about Halloween candy that brings out the child in all of us and sends even normally restrained grown-ups diving into trick-or-treat buckets in search of...
Flour: Grains of the Gods
Bread and chocolate are connected not just through the classic pastry pain au chocolate, but through the many ancient gods and goddess that watch over them.
Susie Norris
Love & Lox in Norway - Food Market Gypsy
I don't fall in love easily beyond an occasional cashmere sweater at an end-of-season sale. When I go someplace new and beautiful and hear my vagabond voice say "maybe you...
Look what we made earlier . . . yummy home-made chocolate Easter treats | The Times
Children of smug parents won't be eating cheap eggs this Easter - they'll be feasting on home-made gourmet chocs My sugar thermometer doesn't get a lot of use, to be frank. Yes,...
Beckoned By Black Forest Cake in Berlin - Food Market Gypsy
Seriously, this was a business trip. We HAD to find a quality slice of Black Forest Cake even though it was sought only by old-fashioned, German-language-less tourists like me....
Southern Green Beans in Appalacia - Food Market Gypsy
Late-summer cicadas craft the music of Kentucky with long rattling notes. My borrowed tee shirt has familiar Ashland Tomcats on the front. I don't remember ever having such a...
The Gift I Gave Myself
Zipping Up the Paradox In Paris - Food Market Gypsy
If you've been on a dessert-tasting tour of central Europe for 2 weeks, the dress shops of Paris frighten you. Over-crowded museums in summer heat are suddenly urgent on your...
Something Fishy in Finland - Food Market Gypsy
Because it was selected as one of the top ten food markets ever by Food Lover's Guide to the World from Lonely Planet, my expectations for the Helsinki Fish Market were running...
Caramel Pecan Tortoises Recipe - Food Republic
Directions For the milk-chocolate caramel: Put the ice in a large bowl and set aside. Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Stir the mixture until it resembles wet...
Moonlight Oysters in Boston - Food Market Gypsy
"Listen to me. There is no more money," said my boss Sam, a stylish, 60-ish adman in his corner office near the Boston waterfront. A steady parade of us (copywriters, art...
Hand-Crafted Candy Bars
Hand-Crafted Candy Bars has 78 ratings and 12 reviews. Sarah said: This was a Goodreads First Reads win.If you are looking for a book to teach you how ...
Feeding Refugees in Hungary - Food Market Gypsy
In the wake of a large earthquake in Los Angeles in the 1990's that followed a wave of race riots, I wrestled with the constitution of my character. What purpose did I serve...
Sachertorte mit globalism in Vienna - Food Market Gypsy
I know, I know...Vienna has always been a cosmopolitan city. But we approached it as a dessert capital - a singular exemplar; a province of old-world excellence. If other...

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