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Susie Norris

Cookbook Author; Food & Travel Writer

Location icon United States

My goal in writing is to teach. That's probably a legacy from my years as a Pastry Chef/Instructor at culinary school in Los Angeles, and now I write about travel, desserts, culture, and cuisine. 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), and the latest, A BAKER'S PASSPORT (Amazon, February 2019). My stories offer new recipes or insights into culinary classics; or maybe a travel tip like "Visit the coast of Brittany (above)." Culinary travel blog FoodMarketGypsy.com chronicles these adventures and won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Digital Media Award, 2016. I served as a television executive for many years, and I'm now on the road as a food writer and a grant writer in arts and education. 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
KTLA
03/26/2019
Foodie Vacation Guide 'A Baker's Passport' by Susie Norris

In her new book, A Baker's Passport, Susie Norris invites readers on a culinary world tour through the international language of food. Norris' food blog can be found at FoodMarketGypsy.com and more info on her book is available at ABakersPassport.com. Originally aired on KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News on Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Issuu
May 2019 | Kentucky Monthly Magazine

Kentucky's Signature Dish | 10 things to know about the Hot Brown | Call of the Wild Caught | Henderson Proud | Kentucky Knows Coffee | Bourbon's Beginnings

WFLA-TV
04/23/2019
A Baker's Passport on DAYTIME

Sacher Torte from Vienna and British Pound Cake from Great Britain - Pound Cake got its name from its origins as a plain cake in northern Britain whose ingredients were easy to remember: a pound of butter, a pound of flour, a pound of eggs (about 10), and a pound of sugar.

The Berkshire Bulletin
08/31/2018
Culinary Road-tripping

Food Writer and Adventurer Susie Norris takes on her latest journey.

Matt's Meals
03/07/2019
Susie Norris's "A Baker's Passport" - Matt's Meals

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on "Connoisseur's Corner" which airs on WBZ Saturdays and Sundays at 9:25 AM and 3:25 PM. Recent samples can be found at https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1002-Connoisseurs-Corner-28654273/. The following is a "script" for one of Matt's segments: While we are blessed ... Continue reading →

Grub Street
04/04/2016
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 Lab took home two awards; Francis Lam, who took home two awards related to his work in The New York Times Magazine; and EatingWell for publication of the year.

Food Market Gypsy
04/06/2017
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 like coal, horses, and Ohio River catfish that few of us dared to eat. "The grass only looks blue..."

Food Market Gypsy
10/26/2017
Old & New Nordic in Iceland - Food Market Gypsy

Reykjavik is not a cheap-eats town. As trawlers, seiners, barges and battered military ships churned in and out of the icy, early-winter marina, bowls of fish stew from the dock shacks cost as much as a steakhouse dinner in the states.

Epicurious
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 airy nougat softens, the coconut and almonds crunch, and the hefty milk chocolate shell melts and coats your palate with feel-good chocolate.

Food Market Gypsy
08/15/2017
Farm-to-Table Tableaux in the Berkshires - Food Market Gypsy

I've been photographing what is beautiful to me in The Berkshires for a long time, including plenty of farms and tables. My town in this western region of Massachusetts began as Shawenon, named for a Mohican chief who had an eye for gentle majesty.

Starchefs
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 cuisine her favorite subject. Not only does Norris provide chocolate recipes to sate even the most demanding choco-philes, she offers an introduction to the world of chocolate that opens up the much-loved, if oft underestimated, ingredient to a wider appreciation.

Food Market Gypsy
02/06/2018
Chardonnay Sauce in San Juan Capistrano - Food Market Gypsy

"We take the essence of the scallops, mussels, shrimp, and the sea and we infuse it into the sauce," said Chef Pascal Olhats as he described the preparation of his velvety Chardonnay Sauce. With its delicate hint of fruits-de-mer, the sauce is served under a thyme-crusted fillet of seabass.

Foodarts
Songs Of Self | News | Features | Food Arts

Cookbooks aren't so simple anymore. Some serve as scholarly treatises about a single subject-a country, a region, a province, a food group, or a single ingredient. Some push a dreamed-up lifestyle-wine country, cowboy, Tuscany or Provence, Southern, and on and on.

Epicurious
04/24/2013
Recipes from Hand-Crafted Candy Bars | Epicurious.com

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Food Market Gypsy
01/27/2017
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 was going to the city. I still associate Cincinnati with ball park peanuts, fountains, and German-influenced culinary fare.

Food Market Gypsy
11/14/2016
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 smooth, sweetened ricotta cheese. They have changed very little except now they are often made with stainless steel cylinders instead of canes and their decorations include roasted pistachio pieces and candied fruit.

sandiegouniontribune.com
04/22/2013
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 year, professionals from all walks of culinary life - including cookbook writers, restaurateurs, culinary school instructors, farmers, magazine editors and publishers and food manufacturers - meet to discuss issues and trends.

Dailylocal
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 Reese's and M&M's. So it sounds almost sacrilegious to say this, but something terrible has happened to candy corn.

Dessert Professional Magazine
06/2/2010
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.

Food Market Gypsy
08/19/2016
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 should quit your job and live here instead?", I can usually shut that bratty inner child right up. What about your family?

Food Market Gypsy
07/28/2015
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. Most people seemed oblivious to the fact that this cake was born in Berlin. Where was its memorial? Where was its shrine?

Food Market Gypsy
09/22/2016
Southern Green Beans in Appalachia - 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 shirt yet it feels like mine. How did I conjure teenage dreams that led me up and out of this mountain town?

Food Market Gypsy
07/14/2015
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 agenda. Then I heard the siren song of this dress, vintage Herve Leger in nude, tags still on, swinging amid second-hand sequined tops and black lace blouses.

Food Market Gypsy
07/01/2016
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 high and the rest of me was running late.

Food Republic
04/16/2013
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 beach sand. Use a moist paper towel to wipe out any sugar that clings to the inside of the pan.

Food Market Gypsy
11/11/2015
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 directors, producers, and associate producers in my case) filed in for raises as late fall faded and winter moved in like an evening cold front across the harbor's sailboats and ferries.

Goodreads
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 ...

Food Market Gypsy
09/05/2015
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 beyond my own survival? What good was I?

Food Market Gypsy
08/20/2015
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 discoveries awaited us in this city, we didn't care. While Vienna delivered on its culinary promise, we could not ignore how it asserted itself as a contemporary center of globalism.

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