Susie Norris

Food & Travel Writer; Cookbook Author

I am a 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 at culinary school in Los Angeles. I whisk you into different cultures, 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), and the latest, A BAKER'S PASSPORT (Amazon, January 2019). My stories offer new recipes or insights into culinary classics; or maybe a travel tip like "Visit the French Alps!" which are pictured behind these words. FOOD MARKET GYPSY (, my travel blog, chronicles these adventures and won the IACP Digital Media Award, 2016. I served as a television executive for many years, and have written for Dessert Professional Magazine & Zester Daily among others. 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.



The Berkshire Bulletin

Culinary Road-tripping

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

Food Market Gypsy

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...

Food Market Gypsy

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...

Food Market Gypsy

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...

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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...


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...

Grub Street

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...

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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...

Food Market Gypsy

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...


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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 |

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...

L.A. Weekly

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...

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...

Dessert Professional Magazine

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.

East Bay Times

Susie Norris

Food Market Gypsy

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...