Writer, cooking teacher, television host, and author of an award-winning book, Amelia Saltsman is passionate about getting everyone into the kitchen.

Strawberries are back in season! And that means it's time to make these lovely, simple Strawberry Shortcakes -- perhaps the most perfect spring dessert ever.


Farmers’ Market Tour Santa Monica, CA
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Tour with Amelia
KCRW 89.9 Good Food
Market Report
Saturday, June 12, 2015
11 a..m.

Farmers, Cooks, and the Market

To paraphrase an old song, last week’s Good Food Festival and Conference Kick-Off was a mutual admiration society. Farmers and cooks showed what they love most about the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and each other: the essential partnership between the people who produce fabulous ingredients and great food.

It may have been photo shoot week for her upcoming A.O.C. Cookbook, but national culinary inspiration and local food guru Suzanne Goin emceed the day. Plus, she stuck around for a book signing with me.








I expected Nyesha Arrington to be a polished performer (hello, Top Chef season 9) and she was, …

Give Books, Save an Industry

cookbooks I love the way books linger long in the senses like the taste memories of a great meal. In this day of high-speed information consumption, books are the Slow Food of reading. They can be savored and their craft preserved for generations, yet they are utterly democratic, open to all without extra equipment required, other than perhaps a library card. That’s why they’re my gift of choice this season.

Happily, a number of my friends and mentors wrote books this year that make us think, cook, and see in new ways. Here are my highly personal—but I hope you’ll agree, interesting—recommendations: Continue reading Give Books, Save an Industry

The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook in 4th Printing!

Weiser Family Farms Yes—The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook has gone into a fourth printing! Thank you all for your support. It pleases me no end that the book continues to be a helpful resource for simple, seasonal cooking and shopping, wherever you live.

This has been a thought-provoking month of writing and meetings. With much of the L.A. area quarantined due to Medfly (it took just two flies!), I posted a two-part story on Eat:LA about methods of treatment and what to do at home and the market.

At the California Small Farm Conference in San Diego, I attended an SRO panel on small-scale farm start-ups, particularly as work therapy for American Vets. It was a stunning example of farming’s regenerative powers and proof that the passion to work the land endures. Continue reading The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook in 4th Printing!