Annelies Zijderveld is the author of Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea, published by Andrews McMeel, April 2015, and selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of their favorite cookbooks of 2015. Her food writing has been published in allrecipes Magazine, Gluten-Free & More Magazine, the kitchn, Paste Magazine, Edible East Bay, and others. She regularly teaches cooking classes around the Bay area. Her literary food blog, the food poet, was selected by Alimentum Journal as one of their favorite food blogs. Her passion for working with good food companies started during her 8 years heading up marketing at Mighty Leaf Tea. She served as the digital media section chair for the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2016-2017 and was selected as the IACP member of the year in 2017.  She’s an associate editor of Poetry International and holds an MFA in poetry from New England College. Annelies lives in Oakland with her husband and cats.


Now that we’ve gotten the three thousand-feet-above-the-air details out of the way, I want you to draw in a bit closer. Welcome. My voracious appetite for eating and the intertwined twins of reading and writing have been longtime companions. In college, I studied journalism and poetry. In graduate school, I plunged into intercultural studies, deeply fascinated in what makes us the same and what makes us unique. Later on, I continued graduate school, studying and writing poetry. For 15 years, I have worked with good food brands in digital media and content marketing as well as marketing strategy and copywriting. And now, here I am with you.

I’m a curious cook and my cooking style is approachable multicultural comfort food. I’m always interested in discovering my next favorite cup of tea. Bittersweet chocolate trumps milk chocolate. And a kick of chile is never a bad inclusion. I’m glad you are here. If you like, say hello. Send me your current food obsession. Share a poem. Thanks for visiting.

– Annelies

PS- Before you go, feast on a food poem: “Dear Plastic Bagged Bread.”

PPS- I’m a proud supporter and volunteer cooking teacher with Cooking Matters from the non-profit No Kid Hungry.

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